the african heritage diet
“This is more than just about food. This is about shaping people’s identity and how they see themselves…how they see their culture as a part of their health solution.”
The African Heritage Diet is a healthy traditional eating model based on the common threads and foodways of African American ancestors. The food pyramid was created in 2011 with a committee of nutrition scientists and scholars of culinary history and African American foodways.
The overall pattern is a plant-based, colorful diet based on diverse vegetables, fruits, tubers and grains, nuts, healthy oils and seafood. Yet the African Heritage Diet also recognizes the distinct ﬂavors and traditions of four major regions of the African Diaspora—West and Central Africa, the American South, the Caribbean, and South America.
The African Heritage Diet Pyramid is based on scientiﬁc research that shows eating like your ancestors can help lower your risk of chronic disease, achieve a healthy weight, and promote overall wellbeing.
A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes
The core of the African Heritage & Health program is our six-week cooking class series called A Taste of African Heritage, and a seven-week series for kids called A Children’s Taste of African Heritage. These curricula blend nutrition and cultural history with delicious cooking techniques in order to celebrate African heritage in communities across the country.
african heritage & health resources — learn more
- Make African Heritage recipes
- Search our African restaurant guide
- Download healthy eating resources (shopping lists, common foods in the African Heritage diet, grocery store tour, and much more)
- Read scientiﬁc health studies related to the African Heritage Diet
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