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The food pyramid that preceded the current one wasn't any better. In fact, it may have significantly exacerbated the trends in obesity and type II diabetes.


Love the "God is disappointed in you" book concept. If I weren't a recovering Christian, it would have already been on the truck from Amazon by now.


Mike Peterson

The link he cites is quite interesting and even quotes Marion Nestle!

Her point about portion sizes is interesting, by the way. A lot of blue collar eateries are judged by how much they can pile on the plate, as opposed to more upscale places where the critical factor is to serve just enough of the main course that it can be seen after you have draped a pimento over it.

In any case, I don't think the old pyramid was perfect, but it was at least coherent, which the new one isn't. But conflating bread and brown rice is starting at an odd spot -- and, as noted there several places, they end at the top with a suggestion that lard and olive oil are also the same thing. Ah well.

On a related note, the recent flurry over getting rid of transfats is producing some nonsensical commentary -- I think some cartoonists need to put down their pens for a minute and find out what transfats actually are and how hard it would be to replace them before they start drawing.

Mark Jackson

Note that the "new" pyramid was replaced by a plate in 2011: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyPlate - it's not very good either, the difference in portion size being too subtle to come across quickly. (When our [ex-]Xerox Science Consultant team does the nutrition kit for our 4th grade classes I try to use both the old pyramid and the plate.)

Note also that /God Is Disappointed In You/ *looks* like a bible - textured black cover, rounded corners, gilt-edged pages, red ribbon attached to the spine for use as a bookmark. Putting review blurbs on the inside cover really wouldn't fit the package, although there's room right before Ecclesiastes to slide in a whole chapter of 'em - it could be called The 2nd Book of Proverbs....

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