The Food Pyramid of the Insane
Health-blogging has taught me a lot of things, most notably—misinformation is everywhere! Like this:
I wonder what life is like in la-la land. It’s got to be very cubby, like low-carb devotee Gary Taubes. Remember this:
In fairness, it’s not like the national food pyramid is much better. See for yourself:
One tells you eating a lot of refined grains is healthy and other saturated fat! Both are BAD ideas, more from Dr. Fuhrman:
Saturated fat is the element of the modern diet that shows the most powerful association in these medical research studies with high cholesterol and premature death from heart attacks.1
White flour and other refined grains such as sweetened breakfast cereals, soft drinks, other sweets, and even fruit juices are weight-promoting and not only lead to diabetes, but can raise triglycerides and cholesterol levels, increasing heart attack risk.
Tell you what, ignore both those shaky foundations and get hip to a REAL food pyramid. Check it out:
Works for me, these photos are from my kitchen. Take a look:
Yes, at this point, I eat, sleep, and breathe nutrient-dense vegetable-based eating!
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