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When our version of the Food Guide was revised, we were shocked to find that it was significantly different from the version we developed. As I later found out, the extensive changes the Ministry of Agriculture made to the guide were designed to gain acceptance from the food industry. For example, the Secretary-General's Office changed the wording to highlight processed foods versus fresh and whole foods to downplay lean meats and low-fat dairy products, as the meat and milk lobbies felt it would affect sales of full-fat products. It also increased the servings of wheat and other grains tremendously to keep the wheat growers happy. The meat lobby had the final say on the saturated fat / cholesterol directive color, which was changed from red to purple because meat producers feared the use of red for "bad" fat would put red meat in the minds of consumers Would be associated.

Where we, the USDA nutritionists, called for a base of 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, it was replaced with a couple of cold 2-3 servings (changed to 5-7 servings a few years later since another's cancer campaign Government agency, the National Cancer Institute, forced the USDA to adopt the higher standard.

Our recommendation for 3-4 daily servings of whole grain bread and cereals has been changed to a whopping 6-11 servings, which form the basis of the food pyramid, as a concession to the processed wheat and corn industry. Also, my nutritionist group had white flour baked goods - including crackers, candy, and other nutrient-dense foods laden with sugars and fats - at the top of the pyramid to recommend that they be consumed sparingly, and became our alarm now made the base of the pyramid in the "revised" Food Guide. Another attack on nutritional logic changed the wording of the nutritional guidelines from "eat less" to "avoid too much", with a hint to the interests of the processed food industry that the highly profitable "fun" will not be compromised. (Junk food under a different name) that could affect the bottom line of food businesses.

Unsurprisingly, as noted in the Wall Street Journal, obesity rates have risen since the food pyramid was first introduced, even on the day millions of people suddenly thought that it was eating around 800 billion slices of white bread every day. Well, correlation isn't synonymous with causality, and many other factors likely play a role here, but the food pyramid likely didn't help.

Even if for some reason you disbelieve Luise and others involved and make more or less the same claims, the USDA has certainly made many questionable decisions regarding dietary recommendations. When the pyramid was revised in 1995, they were under pressure to change the wording of the pyramid to say:Eat less salt and sugar". The sugar barons of the time fought against this change, and when the revised pyramid was released, people were advised to consume less salt but "moderate" sugar consumption.

The funny thing is that regular excessive sugar consumption is definitely bad for you. But on the sodium side of things, the most common reason, sometimes even doctors, a low sodium diet - high sodium = high blood pressure - is a myth. To date, there is no definite evidence that consuming excessive sodium increases blood pressure. Additionally, there has been a lot of research recently to not only debunk the myth "low sodium is good for you" but also to suggest that people with certain heart conditions are better at having more salt than less than is often the case with people with recommended under these conditions. If you don't take my word for it and don't want to read all of the details on the previous link, two Cochrane reviews in 2011 found no evidence that a low-sodium diet has improved people's health. They concluded

After more than 150 randomized clinical trials and 13 population studies with no obvious signal in favor of sodium reduction, another position might be to accept that such a signal may not exist.

Another big problem is the "fats" section. Unsaturated fats, which are the least amount of "fats" according to the "USDA Food Pyramid", are not only vital to you, but have been linked to lowering "bad" cholesterol and maintaining blood flow, reducing the likelihood of sugar Heart disease, helps brain function and has been shown to help with weight loss too. But from the USDA Food Pyramid - as well as a lot of diets - you think you should avoid these types of fat. (If you're curious, good sources of unsaturated fat are avocados, which incidentally comes from the Aztec for "testicles"; various nuts; olive oil; pesto and various types of seafood.)

In the end, the western food pyramid resembles breasts. Everyone was happy with the naturally Swedish of course, until the Americans filled them with chemicals and claimed it was better that way ... šŸ˜‰ Seriously, if you base your main diet on eating lots of vegetables and moderate amounts of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and sources for unsaturated fats, while you are monitoring your total caloric intake and exercising regularly, you are probably on the "healthy" playing field.

If you want to know what a much better food pyramid than the USDA version is, and better than the USDA's newer "MyPlate" that replaced the "MyPyramid" - check out the Harvard version from their nutrition department. Nothing is perfect, but it's darn good and certainly outperforms the version developed for various large groups in the food industry.

(Editor's Note: If you keep looking for a non-gambling, wholesome guide to the exercise portion of the equation, as well as more detail on proper nutrition, including a lot of "nutritional myth") that debunkers - Michael Matthews' Thinner, Leaner , Stronger, The Shredded Chef etc are a good place to start as Karl said nothing is perfect especially when it comes to nutrition guides but I've read some of Michael Matthew's books and they are pretty good Quite and very easy, quick read, the content is usually backed up by a lot of properly interpreted scientific studies. He basically just teaches you how to eat properly and exercise to maximize overall body health I think he's a few little things, like the "sodium", but by and large very good books and for the most part Part pretty much.)

Bonus facts:

  • The USDA's first nutritional guidelines date back to 1894. These were essentially: moderation in everything, eat a variety of nutritious foods, pay attention to portion sizes, and avoid too much fat. This is actually not a bad guide.
  • In 1943 the USDA updated this with its "Basic 7", which was driven forward by war rationing and was heavily influenced by it. Those basic seven were essentially: green and yellow vegetables; Oranges, tomatoes, grapefruit, raw cabbage or lettuce vegetables; Potatoes, fruits and vegetables; Milk based products; Meat and eggs; Bread, flour and grain; and butter or margarineā€¦. Your first guide was better.
  • In 1956 this was brought up to date and now updated with "The Basic Four": "Vegetables and Fruits", Milk, Meat and "Muesli and Bread". This was the recommendation until they introduced their version of the food pyramid in 1992.
  • Since 1980, the USDA has also produced far more detailed nutritional guides than the quick-fix image versions, with the latest version of the full guide being revised in 2010. However, like their food pyramid and MyPlate, they appear to be heavily influenced by various groups in agriculture.