Weil says his recommended diet and food pyramid are designed to help overall health. He adds that the diet can help counter chronic inflammation, which is a cause of heart disease as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
His food pyramid has vegetables and fruits at the bottom — with a daily recommendation of eating four or five vegetables and three to four fruits. Whole and cracked grains, pastas, beans and legumes come next, followed by healthy fats from foods such as olive oil and avocados.
The top of the pyramid includes some treats such as two to four cups of tea, one to two glasses of red wine and some dark chocolate.