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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Leading to Weightiness; Light on what happened to the healthy pyramid

Everybody is hot on the track of increasing weight gain. I have my theories, and I'll be exposuing on it in the next issue of herbalYODA Says! Much has to do with food and its impact on unsuspecting people who beleive everything told them by government agencies, like USDA.

USDA is the home of the Food Pyramid.

Read a little about how USDA used something to lead you down a primrose path to health problems, only to benefit Big Agra.

Another reason not to beleive all the current adds for cheap ingredients with high profit under the guise of 'probiotics' and 'plant sterols'.

More here:

The "absurd American food pyramid" - a dietary guide that first came out in the 1980s, and in which our "government" recommended starch as the foundation of our diet. This was of particular interest to Dr. Luise Light because it was she and her team of nutrition experts who had created the concept of the food pyramid - one with a very major twist. The real food pyramid, Light wrote, was completely different from the "adjusted" pyramid distributed to an unsuspecting American public.

The true pyramid that Dr. Light and her team developed was not absurd. Instead of starch as the foundation, it called for a base of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; 5 to 9 servings daily.

Whole grain cereals and grains were recommended as only 2 to 4 servings daily. Women were to have lower amounts of gains as were those with less active lifestyles. The real pyramid placed baked goods, crackers, sweets and other low-nutrient foods up with the sugars and fats at the top of the pyramid, where they were recommended only as occasional treats.

Light tells us that there had been a deliberate, unexplained switch made at the political level completely distorting the pyramid. In her book, Ketchup is Not a Vegetable; Sane Eating in a Toxic Food World, you can learn more.

"Instead of fruits and vegetables making up the base of the diet," she wrote, "the cereals and wheat products were made the base of the pyramid. The recommendation [for starchy foods] was no longer 2 to 4 as we had determined. It had been switched 6 to 11 servings!

We couldn't believe it! What possible rationale could there be for such an unprecedented and unjustified switch?

In fact the health consequences of encouraging the public to eat so much refined grain, which the body processes like sugar, was frightening!

Our exhortations to the political heads of the agency fell on deaf ears.

The new food guide, replacing the 'Basic Four,' would become only a promotional tool to get the public to buy and consume more calories, sugar and starch." Ultimately, this would result in a poorer quality diet.

and if you wonder about genetically engineered/modified food that isn't planned to be labelled as well as how it can impact your health, read here.

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