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The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services issue a Food Pyramid Guide every few years, to help us in our food choices. It is not for weight reduction. In fact, it could lead to weight gain.

The reason for this paradox is that the lowest level of the pyramid emphasizes 6-11 servings a day of bread, cereal, rice and pasta. These are all manufactured carbohydrates and will contribute to weight gain. So in our view, that pyramid should be replaced by the one described here.

The optimum weight management pyramid emphasizes 6-11 servings of veggies, nuts, beans, and fruits. These are all naturally grown products. The majority of these choices should be those with a low glycemic index. (Hope you read the Sugar Busters article in a previous column!) Grains are at the second level but the choices should emphasize natural whole grains, not processed bread and pasta. Protein is at the third level, still good, and now you know why; it does not stimulate insulin and may provoke glucagon which is a fat buster. Finally, we must reduce our ‘sugar addiction’ as so aptly stated by the Hellers in the book, “Carbohydrate Addict”.

Two nutrition authorities, Drs. Paul LaChance and David Heber, both described the Right Stuff food pyramid. They differ somewhat in the details, but emphasize that fruits and vegetables deserve the place of honor at the base of the pyramid. This would be the diet of a herbivore, and stimulates us to think about food and the evolution of man. Did we come from the sea or the land? The sea has fish and vegetables, both healthy. The land has fruits and vegetables, also healthy, but fatty meats are not. Is this a moral message that we are deviating from our chosen evolution and are suffering the consequences of being a predator and carnivore?

So what should you eat now? Think Mediterranean.

More fruits and vegetables. See the book “Sugar Busters” for choices of low glycemic foods. Great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. / Issue 25 - September 2018
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