Food Pyramid

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Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down

For the person who just wants to “eat right,” the field of nutrition is often complex, confusing, and contradictory. The US Department of Agriculture created its Food Guide Pyramid to make healthy eating simple. At the top of the USDA’s Pyramid, in a category labeled “Use Sparingly,” sit fats and oils. At the bottom, a recommended 6–11 daily servings of carbohydrates (such as bread, cereal, rice, and pasta) form the foundation. Since the Food Guide Pyramid was first unveiled, however, new information has steadily eroded the basis of its dietary recommendations.

Unfortunately, “the Pyramid was built on less-than-solid scientific ground and has never been updated,” says Walter C. Willett, professor and chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “By ignoring the wealth of evidence on healthy eating, it represents a missed opportunity to improve the health of all Americans.” Frustrated by the USDA Pyramid, Willett and his colleagues have built a new Healthy Eating Pyramid based on carefully conducted scientific research. Many of its ideas have been tested in ongoing long-term studies of 170,000 nurses and health professionals. And this new pyramid turns the old one upside down. Click on the source for more information:


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