There are actually some good things about the current USDA Food Pyramid:
- Whole grains are encouraged.
- They recommend a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Physical activity is also promoted.
However…there are a lot of rotten recommendations as well:
Keep in mind that these guidelines dictate what our school kids are taught, what they will eat, what our military are fed, what is served in hospitals, and on an even larger scale, what the food manufacturers will be pumping out of their factories, which will then be advertised like crazy as “good for us”…
- While whole grains are encouraged, they don't mention that some people just can't digest them or shouldn't be eating them. Also notice the grains portion of the pyramid is the biggest. Not that I’m always good about this, but if I was setting government guidelines, I’d be sure to make it known that fewer carbs are best (especially when dieting).
- Low-fat dairy is recommended – give me a break! No wonder people still think low-fat is a better option, when the government is spouting the same old screwy information. (And sadly, the government is FAR from seeing the truth on the raw milk issue.)
- The oils section is so messed up, I don’t even know where to start. They are stuck in the same misguided “saturated fat is bad” mentality. They promote vegetable oils instead! See more info on healthy fats here.
- Why is the meat section so small? And of course there’s no mention of avoiding conventional meats, or of pastured/grass-fed being best, or that you should find meat without junk like hormones or antibiotics, etc.
Do you remember the previous food pyramid? The one that looked like this:
Well I’ve heard that this should be flipped right upside down, without the sweets part, of course. Makes sense to me!
Watch this YouTube video with Dr. Michael Eades. He talks with Bill Riley about the problem with the current Food Guidelines.
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