Take note: The plate presents a visual that fruits and vegetables should be 50%. Now take a look at the visual below the plate. It's the U.S. food subsidies. Fruits and vegetables receive less than 1% of the subsidies. Very interesting.
To me, this (the food pyramid) represents the uphill battle we have to combat the obesity and heath epidemic in this country!
I'm re-reading Michael Pollan's book: In Defense of Food.
There's a tremendous amount of confusion about what to eat. Should I eat meat? Should I be a vegetarian? Am I getting enough Omega 3? How 'bout vitamin D? Should I eat organic food? What about pesticides? What about genetically modified foods. Seafood - should I purchase farm raised or wild Salmon? What about the mercury? Oh yeah, is milk good for me or not?
The list of "things" to know or worry about is mind-boggling.
Here's the scoop: In his book, Pollan quotes Gyorgy Scrinis, the person who coined the term nutritionism. Scrinis states: "Whole foods and industrial foods (processed) are the only two food groups I'd consider including in any food pyramid."
That's pretty simple and should be the guiding light ... eat whole food not processed food.
When I give presentations, I use my "Food House" instead of the "Food Pyramid".