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Out with the Pyramid, In with the Plate

What You Need to Know about USDA's ''MyPlate''

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  • Thank you Geckotreefrog.
    Misinformation for profit away back in the mid-1900s, which was disputed by scientists at the time, has been responsible for the worldwide health issues and obesity-related disease increase in the past 5 decades.

    Of course it is not right to eat 5 or more grain servings a day! Even when they are called whole grains they have been processed. Whole means that the whole grain is included, not that the grain is whole.

    It amazes me that the evidence from our grandparents' generation, and prior generations is not taken into account. Their old age was not achieved through medical intervention, but through natural diet and a higher level of activity required through the course of their lives. Foods were 'made from scratch'. People of the 1900s to maybe the 1960s were slim, strong and supple. It was unusual to see obese people. We can see that difference in old films.
    It was not unusual for people born before 1900, once they had overcome childhood infections and wars, to live into their 90s.

    Do you know that our expected lifespan is an average?

    The reason that the AVERAGE life expectancy is or was increasing is not because we eat a healthier diet or exercise more effectively but because more babies and children survive. There are few deaths from infectious childhood diseases as a result of immunisation and antibiotics. It is mathematical. If the children are not dying, the average rises quickly.
    The way the information is presented to the public infers that people or adults live longer. That is not true. Add to that also, the post WW 2 'baby-boom' boosted population and we further muddy the facts with the much larger number of older people around us now. Again, this results in an inference that people are healthier and live longer these days.

    Instead, people at increasingly younger ages, now, have metabolic problems like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and so on. The diet that causes this is creating the same outcomes when it is adopted by countries which previously ate natural food.
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    Until we change our diet back to eating real nutritional food and cut down on modern grains, (including breakfast cereals), modern over sized fruits, sugar and other profit-driven non-foods, we will continue to become more obese, sickly and dependent on medicine.

    Broadly, it is blood sugar spikes that are making us fat. A rise in blood sugar activates insulin. Insulin stores the sugars as fats. It also prevents us from using fat for energy.

    Low fat/high carbohydrate diets are still being propounded. They make us fat in the long run.

  • I don't understand why Grains is a category for the plate. In the UK we have Starchy foods instead, this allows potatoes, sweet potatoes etc as well as grains. It seems to me that there is industry input promoting grains in your version of the plate, or I'm just being cynical.
  • Sometimes I think there is someone somewhere who looks at things like the food pyramid and says, "Well everyone understands this now and has bought as many copies of the pyramid as they are going to so let's come up with something else so that we can justify our existence and sell some more paraphernalia and propaganda". That is my cynical side talking. The plate is easier to understand that the pyramid was and easier to replicate.
  • The new plate method is doable.
  • I Like the New Plate Article, from a few years ago.
  • I love the new plate method
  • CynthiaJl you can http://www.learningzonexpress.com/myplate-
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  • Wow, the plate model! I am a certified nutritionist and find a plate model super useful and easy! Especially when eating out. It´s impossible to measure and count calories or grams in a restaurant but very much possible to visually decide on how much of what you are consuming. Great post!
  • I just had another look at the pyramid - at first blush, its hard to visualize that the volumes of the segments making up the pyramid are different ( they all look more or less the same). It nearly made me want to calculate the areas of all of them. Very confusing ,of course, this was the Sesame Street generation, so no surprise there.
  • Thanks for fixing the sparkpoints.
  • where were the points?
  • MyPlate is a more user-friendly visual, but its "one-size-fits-all" approach is too simplistic for people with special needs such as diabetes or overweight. Six servings of grain is way too much for me, as a Type 2 diabetic (controlled with diet and exercise), and there is also the fact that when it comes to blood sugar my body sees no difference between whole grain and refined food items. (Although I do understand there are other health reasons to choose whole grain items.) Also, MyPlate makes no distinction between starchy and non-starchy vegetables, and anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep their blood glucose in range knows that potatoes and corn are NOT the equivalent of romaine or broccoli -- yet MyPyramid treats them all the same. But as a visual aid, I think that MyPlate is more intuitive than MyPyramid. It's just that as a Type 2 diabetic trying to lose weight, my own personal MyPlate looks a lot different than USDA's.
  • GECKOTREEFROG
    A step in the right direction, but a Long way to go. Still too many carbs, & nobody benefits from gluten containing grains. NICOLE: Sorry, but you are wrong about saturated fats/ cholesterol. I know that is what you were taught in school, & it is based on the terribly bad science espoused By Ancel Keys decades ago. Eating oils w/ saturated fats & cholesterol does Not raise Blood levels of cholesterol. So, what does? Eating Too Many Carbs! Oils like coconut oil are Amazing; They contain short and medium chain fats which Raise HDL (good cholesterol) & So many more benefits. Time to read "Perfect Health Diet" by Paul Jaminet Ph.D..., (See Ch 13 in particular). A great book about cholesterol that Anyone can understand is "The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering your Cholesterol won't prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan that will" By Stephen Sinatra M.D., Cardiologist. Another excellent book that addresses The problem of consuming too many grains & tells which fats & oils Are healthy and Why is "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter, M.D., Neurologist. (We consume Way to many omega 6 oils, which are primarily in vegetable oils. Also, Dr. Perlmutter provides charts to show which oils are safe to cool with & why; for example, olive oil is great, but Only unheated such as w/ salad dressing or at Low heat cooking temps). Nobody should consume margarine! Use grass/ pasture fed butter, or, if you have intolerance w/ lactose, whey or casein in dairy, use grass fed Ghee, available on Amazon by Pure Indian Foods or Ancient Organics. I don't expect people to just take my word on this. I have applied this info to my Husband's scary dense pattern B LDL cholesterol profile, very low HDL, High triglycerides, & type 2 diabetes. What Happened? in 2 mos., he is no longer diabetic, his Triglycerides dropped from 197 to 119, & his LDL is Changing from scary, Dense pattern B to the buoyant "good" pattern A LDL. ALL by Eating Saturated fats like coconut oil, Grass fed butter, grass fed beef..., ditching grains & eating low carb. (Exercise helps too, of course). Do yourselves a favor and read these books. Nicole, as an educator, you need to be willing to challenge some of what you were taught, which can be a difficult thing to do. Please read the above books, look at the good science behind them, and come to your own conclusions. I mean no disrespect. We can only go by what we were taught, until we learn a better way.
  • It would be really helpful if the Sparkpeople Nutrient Counter included the number of fruit or veggie servings in each food and a total for the day at the bottom. ;-)
  • The American plate looks totally different to the British one. Here is ours (the Eatwell Plate): http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/
    eatwell-plate.aspx

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