How to Feed Your Human

Looking through the nutrition recommendations from different countries is similar to looking at a snapshot of each culture.  The chosen format is based on what the "authorities" think the majority of people in that culture will understand immediately, and therefore be more likely to follow.  Some are very simple with lots of primary colors and simple food images, while some go more in depth with specific daily amounts for each tier or section.  Most are geared towards filling the stomachs of the masses with the cheapest and easiest food sources to grow (grains).  This would seem to be as a stabilization effort as nothing stimulates revolution among the poor quicker than hungry stomachs.  Once people have an ability to get enough food, they have a tendency to start figuring out what they like and seeking more knowledge for themselves than a food infographic can provide.

My personal favorite is the Swiss version since it most closely resembles my household's current view on food and nutrition.  It highlights the importance of hydration through clear, water-based beverages and includes images of physical activity as reminders that intake and exertion both have an impact on health.  Beyond that, the Swiss embrace the fact that food can and should be enjoyable in moderation.  Food is foremost fuel for work, but it is also meant to be enjoyed.  That doesn't mean that every meal should be a feast, but living a life devoid of pleasurable food would be a bleak existence.  There has to be room to enjoy food with friends and family in a healthy lifestyle.  This looks different for every person, every family, and every economic situation.

Each of these nutrition recommendations can serve as a starting point for someone with no other ideas or knowledge about what "healthy" eating looks like, but none of them can the totality of what will make a healthy human.  There are lots of details on preparation, storage, food sources, and every other facet of good nutrition in the age of industrialized food production that just cannot be conveyed through a simple picture.  That's like teaching someone to drive by showing them the functional controls.