Monday, March 21, 2011

The Upside Down Food Pyramid

Is it just me? Or are there "others" that see the Food Pyramid as completely upside-down-backwards.. and just plain WRONG?
Really? Grains on the bottom?
That is intended to be the bulk of your food calories? Why don't we recalculate the food pyramid.
I'd start with VEGETABLES and FRUITS on the bottom. Notice how I stated VEGETABLES first? Our FDA Pyramid states 6-11 servings of GRAINS per day. My response?
"Do you WANT to be fat?"
This, my friends, is the problem with the Food Pyramid. We eat these so-called "grains", but what they really are?  PROCESSED grains.
An example.. Cereal.  Good or bad?  What's your opinion? Let's just pick a cereal. How about the one with the wheat flakes and the sugar-coated raisins. You know which one I am referring to, yes?
Well, that ..."wholesome-healthy-whole-grain-cereal-with raisins" is a SUGAR party and a processed-carbohydrate land mine. How does your body metabolize this? By converting it directly to sugar.. on to fat.
Are we supposed to eat food that has vitamins (fortified, it states) that are SPRAYED on the flakes? Is that food? NO.
Why don't we spend some time reconstructing what the definition of FOOD is...
Here is the actual definition:
food  (fd)
1. Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.
2. A specified kind of nourishment: breakfast food; plant food.
3. Nourishment eaten in solid form: food and drink.
4. Something that nourishes or sustains in a way suggestive of physical nourishment: food for thought; food for the soul.

Now tell me. Is the cereal real food?

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