10 Super-Healthy Soul Foods

Eating these African heritage foods can boost heart health, stave off diabetes, lower cholesterol and make your taste buds dance (12 Photos)

Maura Rhodes on Nov 21, 2011 at 5:10PM

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10 Super-Healthy Soul Foods

illustration by George Middleton

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The African Heritage Diet Pyramid

There’s a new food pyramid in town. Introduced by Oldways, the nonprofit food and nutrition organization that introduced the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in 1993 (and several others since), the African Heritage Diet Pyramid is based on the traditional foods of the African Diaspora -- Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the American South. Oldways hopes the pyramid will educate African American communities about nutrition and healthy living -- information that is urgently needed to help bring down soaring rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and obesity. But anyone can benefit from these guidelines. Here’s a look at 10 of the nutritional stars of the African Heritage Diet Pyramid, starting from the bottom tier up.

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