The Food Pyramid

and My Plate –

Are they Healthy?

The nutritional guidelines for Americans have changed a lot over the years. If you’re as old as I am, you probably remember the four basic food groups. That’s what we had before the pyramid. It didn’t rank the foods as one being better than the other. The basic four were fruits and vegetables, meats, grains, and dairy. Then in 1980 the nutritional guidelines were introduced, and along came the pyramid in 1992 and all that changed.


All of a sudden, grains dominate the plate. We’re supposed to eat 65% of our diet from grains, and fats are supposed to be only a miniscule part This was a product of research that was misinterpreted and has since been refuted. As a result of this advice, cases of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders have skyrocketed. That’s because all degenerative disease is caused by the hyperinsulinemia that results from a high carbohydrate diet.

CDC Data


Why do we have the nutritional guidelines we have today? The guidelines are influenced too much by food manufacturers, food producers, and special interest groups. Farmers get government subsidies to grow cereal grains, soybeans, etc. and then need a market for these products. So cereal grains and seed oils are encouraged over the healthier choices of meat, butter, eggs, and vegetables. And of course, grains are incredibly cheap, and who isn’t trying to save a buck?


Let me say this clearly: there is NO RESEARCH that proves eating meats causes cancer, heart disease or diabetes. If a doctor tells you there is, ask them to print out for you the controlled, randomized double blind studies which prove this. They may come up with a study, but it will be an epidemiological study which can only show a correlation, not prove causation. A correlation can only suggest a causal link but can’t take into account all the variables that could skew those results.


Here’s a great video to explain what the research actually says:


The point of all this is, you can’t trust the Food Pyramid and My Plate guidelines because the USDA has been so corrupted by special interests.


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