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Harvard Busts Government Myth

Right now, I need to open your eyes to a myth most of us have believed for over 20 years…

This myth has been perpetuated by none other than our own government.

This is alarming, and it’s something you need to know about, as it could be seriously affecting your health.

I’m also going to show you how Harvard University recently busted this myth…and the simple, easy solution they came up with.

So, let’s get right into it. The myth is the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid was developed in 1980s as the first-ever government-mandated nutrition guide to specify portion amounts of different foods.

It was intended to be distributed to schools and families to educate children and adults alike on how to eat right.

The project was led by Luise Light, USDA Director of Dietary Guidance and Nutrition Education Research.

Ms. Light assembled a team of the country’s top nutritionists and designed an easy-to-understand visual eating guide based on the best nutrition and health data available.

But here’s the problem…

The picture you see above does not even remotely resemble the original pyramid Ms. Light and her team of experts submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

When Ms. Light’s team got the guide back, a series of major changes had been made that completely defied all nutritional logic…

  • The original pyramid base of 6-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables was replaced by an astounding 6-11 servings of grains and starch.
  • Fruits and vegetables were then reduced to a miniscule 2-3 servings…and the USDA only readjusted this after the National Cancer Institute, another government agency, forced them to.
  • Processed foods and full-fat animal products, meanwhile, were described much more flatteringly.
  • And white flour products were moved from the upper “Use Sparingly” section to the bottom of the pyramid with the rest of the starches.

In Ms. Light’s own unsettling account of the incident, she said:

“I vehemently protested that the changes, if followed, could lead to an epidemic of obesity and diabetes,”and that such changes “couldn’t be justified on either health or nutritional grounds.”

Despite Ms. Light’s repeated protests, this new, completely unhealthy Food Guide Pyramid was finalized, and in 1992, was distributed to the American public.

But why would the U.S. Government completely go against the recommendations of expert nutritionists and issue a dangerous nutrition guide to the American people?

Well, there is a long history of big agriculture business lobbyists and associates holding administrative positions within the USDA.

And the agricultural industry’s number one money-making product is grains. So, naturally, grains are what they are going to tell us to eat.

Massive public criticism from many of us in the medical community has caused the Food Guide Pyramid to be mildly altered a couple of times…

But it is still far from being reliable. Even with the most recent version of the pyramid, where they changed the graphic and renamed it “MyPlate,” the influence of big agriculture is still obvious.

So obvious, in fact, that Walter Willett, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said of the current Food Guide version:

“Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating.”

Harvard University has even gone so far as to publicly release its own version of the Food Guide, called the Healthy Eating Plate, which I recommend as a much stronger nutrition guide. Here it is:

If you follow Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, you’ll be giving your body the fuel it needs to be healthier than ever. You’ll notice:

  • More energy and fewer “crashes” throughout the day
  • Better moods
  • Better digestive health
  • Clearer skin
  • Easier time slimming up
  • Better immune function, resulting in you getting sick far less often
  • Fewer cravings for “junk”

“But I want to keep eating my favorite foods…”

And you can! If you stick to the easy-to-follow Healthy Eating Plate most of the time, there’s no reason you can’t “cheat” once in a while with your favorite “unhealthy” snack…

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Stay healthy,
Dr. Amy Lee
Nucific Board of Directors

About the Author

Dr. Amy Lee

Dr. Amy Lee has board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition and obesity medicine specialty. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness and weight management. Her Clinical nutrition fellowship training at UCLA has allowed her to incorporate realistic lifestyle modification in all her medicine patients.