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!

1. Kromhout D, Menotti A, Bloemberg B, et al. Dietary saturated and trans fatty acids and cholesterol and 25-year mortality form coronary heart disease; the Seven Countries Study. Prev Med 1995;24(3):308-315. Oomen CM, Ocke MC, Feskens EJ, et al. Association between trans fatty acid intake and 10-year risk of coronary heart disease in the Zutphen Elderly study: a prospective population-based study. Lancet 2001;357(9258):746-751. Lemaitre RN, King IB, Raghunathan TE, et al. Cell membrane trans-fatty acids and the risk of primary cardiac arrest. Circulation 2002;105(6):697-701. Kromhout D. Diet and cardiovascular diseases J Nutr Health Aging 2001;5(3):144-149. Hu FB, Manson JE, Willett WC. Types of dietary fat and risk of coronary heart disease: a critical review. J Am Coll Nutr 2001;20(1):5-19. Lichtenstein AH, Van Horn L. Very low fat diets. Circulation 1998;98(9):935-939.

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Sara - April 8, 2008 10:33 PM

Don't you have a salad is the main dish magnet on your frig? Get Dr.Fuhrman to give you one. - March 27, 2009 4:42 PM

As is the USDA pyramid wasn't bad enough, the low-carb pyramid is mind boggling! People have lost touch with common sense, intuition, and self determination. I'm surprised that this stuff isn't just a little bit more transparent to people. Even folks pushing the hunter-gatherer diet don't seem to be able to grasp the idea that we didn't have all have a shotgun at our sides and weren't the sleekest hunters in the wilds anyway. Reading those eating guidelines you would have to believe that there was a butcher shop in every clearing. Come on people. Think a bit!

Chuck - May 30, 2009 3:15 PM

The government pyramid is way behind the times. But I bet that they will catch up in about 30 years. That is just how modern medicine is. It took 40 yours before the stethoscope was accepted.

Jimbo - February 20, 2010 11:33 AM

Unlimited beans? The main idea behind hunter/gatherer eating is that we survived for 200,000 - 500,000 years without bread and grain foods. Why do we all of the sudden need them? And I bet you'd become a really sleek hunter in the wild if that was your main avenue of getting food. Those that weren't good hunters were naturally selected out.

I'll go with the latter of your two quotes, since even the American Heart Association agrees that eating a diet high in carbohydrates leads to high levels of triglycerides which (we currently believe) is a good indicator of impending heart disease. "High Cholesterol" isn't necessarily the problem, it's the ratios of triglycerides, HDL and LDL that matter.

Review the "7 Countries" study if you think there is any correlation to eating saturated fat and heart disease. It's been debunked.

And I still know doctors who smoke, they don't all practice what they preach, so highlighting some belly fat in the above picture proves nothing.

Ricardo - June 4, 2010 11:09 AM

Grains shouldnt be there since they promote fat storage though i do agree with the vegetables

Ruth - August 15, 2012 2:25 PM

Jimbo Did the "cave man" or whatever you'd like to call it, eat animals that were injected with hormones? Just wondering....

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