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Where Did the Food Pyramid Go?

April 21st, 2014

original-food-pyramid-usdaHave you ever wondered where the food pyramid went? It used to be on the back of every cereal box and was even taught in schools. Now I can’t even tell you the last time I saw it. I went looking for the original pyramid the only place I could find it was in an online encyclopedia! I guess that means it’s really dead. It turns out that it was officially retired by the USDA in 2005.

Now that we know more about diet and nutrition it turns out that it’s not such a good idea to eat 6-11 servings of carbohydrates for every 2-3 servings of proteins. And more importantly the old pyramid didn’t make any distinction between refined grains and whole grains. The Harvard School of Public Health came up with a revised pyramid they’ve called The Healthy Eating Pyramid. It’s essentially upside down in terms of refined grains, breads & pastas. 

Obesity in America increased by 61% from the time the pyramid was introduced in 1991 to 2002. Well we’ve got some work to do to reverse all that, and it starts with balance. If you check out Harvard’s pyramid the only thing they’re positioning as the foundation of healthy diet isn’t a food at all, it’s exercise & portioning. The takeaway? I think the best bet is to eat balanced meals with a focus on diversity and quality, whole grains and healthy proteins.