Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rethink the Food Pyramid Guidelines

"Grocery LIne," November 13, 1948

"Fifty years ago, grocery stores stocked about 200 items. Seventy percent of those were grown, produced or processed within a 100-mile radius of the store. Today, the average supermarket carries 50,000 food items or more; most of these foods are highly processed and refined, most of which are transported thousands of miles to their final destination. Americans spend over 90 percent of their food dollars on these processed foods - foods that contain high levels of refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined polyunsaturated oils and trans fatty acids as well as highly processed protein isolates. The reduction in nutrients in these foods requires that we eat more to satisfy the body’s nutritional requirements.

The current Dietary Guidelines and Food Pyramid strongly favor a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet. The caloric proportions of proteins, fats and carbohydrates advocated by USDA’s Food Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines are alarmingly similar to the USDA guidelines for fattening cattle and other livestock."

~Dr. Mary Enig, vice president of the Weston A. Price Foundation

Here's to your healthy eating and feeding your families well.

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  1. I buy very little processed foods except for things like flours, sugars, rice, pasta, butter, milk, cheese, coconut milk, tinned tomatoes etc... When I need a sauce or stock I make it, I don't open up a tin of soup instead I make it. It is not hard or time consuming and far cheaper. We eat lots of vegetables and fruit and its much nicer than the processed versions with more flavour and goodness. I also make our own cakes, muffins and cookies too. I always laugh when I read American recipes that tell me to open up a can of something eg pumpkin to make pumpkin pie. I use freshly cooked pumpkin, why not!!

    In doing all this, my grocery shopping is very quick as I don't visit most food items!! And it's cheaper.

    1. Yes, it's great to make your own sauces and stocks. Homemade stock is so good for you, and so healing. The store bought versions contain MSG (same with canned soups). I don't like those recipes that call for cans of everything, but a few things I appreciate in a can (like pumpkin) because we don't have those readily available all the time and I don't have time for roasting a pumpkin with all my children.

      Do you have Sucanat or Rapadura in Australia? If so, it is the least processed kind of sugar and much better for you.

  2. This month I have had interactions with two people who were settling for their current situation regarding food and their bodies. Poke bowl franchise


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