After nearly two decades, it’s time to say goodbye to the food pyramid. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a new symbol — a plate, left — that replaces the widely recognized (and often criticized) icon that’s been advising American consumers on what to eat since 1992.
Whatever. Everyone I know stopped following the USDA gulde lines a long time ago after the food pyramid came about and they ended up gaining weight when they followed it. What I find amusing about the “plate” is it is more reminiscent of the four food groups model I was taught in grade school.
There are still things I find annoying though:
- The USDA still erroneously using the 2,000 calorie baseline for caloric intake. 2,000 calories is no longer appropriate for the overwhelming majority of Americans who live a sedentary lifestyle. 1,500 calories is more appropriate to many now, especially those who exercise little or not at all.
- The ‘whole fat’ is bad for you idea. Guess what, fat is what tells your body you are satiated. Using low fat or chemicals to interfere with fat intake simply screw up your body’s ability to identify when it is satiated or not. I know many people who couldn’t lose a lick of weight eating low fat and diet foods. The instance they took my suggestion of replacing processed food with whole food (including whole fat products like milk and butter) combined with portion and caloric controlled diet they lost the weight they wanted without any trouble. It’s all about moderation and discipline.
- Everyone should eat seafood. So people who are allergic will just have to die, huh? What about the fact that humanity has tainted some of the best seafood with mercury and other chemicals? Okay, if seafood were such a required staple for humanity than why did the human race populate other areas of the planet without fish? As for the heart attack reduction argument: if you’re taking care of your self in the first place, you most likely don’t need to worry about a heart attack anyway.
- The USDA still calls the tomato a vegetable. Point of fact, the tomato is a fruit. I don’t care if in culinary they call it a vegetable or not. If they can’t something as basic as that correct then they can hardly expect anyone to take their “expertise” seriously.