The new and improved food pyramid

We are all familiar with the food pyramid, technically called the “United States Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid.” Apparently, this guide was initially released in 1992, although I thought it was much older.

In its current form, the Dept. of Ag. recommends:

Fats, Oils, & Sweets: Use Sparingly
Milk, Yogurt, & Cheese Group: 2-3 servings
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, & Nuts Group: 2-3 servings
Vegetable Group: 3-5 servings
Fruit Group: 2-4 servings
Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta Group: 5-11 servings

The government released the new food pyramid today. Well, that isn’t technically correct. Even though Google News lists 157 articles summarized as “US Unveils New Food Pyramid,” it is clear after reading a few of the articles that the new pyramid will not be officially released for several more months.

Apparently, we (the taxpayers) picked up the tab for 13 doctors and scientists to get together and decide how much everyone should eat. The panel basically said that we should restrict transfats, eat more fiber, eat less salt, and– get this– up the fruit and vegetable count to 13 servings! Additionally, they have decided that Americans are too stupid to determine the quantity that constitutes a serving of certain items, and they are now recommending that the food pyramid should be setup for these items to use ‘cups’ instead.

The part that really gets me is the 13 servings of fruits and vegetables. 13! Now, I understand that is the recommendation for people who are extremely active– not for people like me who spend most of the day in front of a computer. But that still seems to be excessive. That’s 13 cups of salad, or 6.5 cups of carrots. You could opt for 13 baked potatoes, or over 1/2 gallon of tomato juice. Either way, you’re going to be eating a heck of a lot of food.

Add to that the fact that you’ll be eating up to 11 servings of the Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta Group, and you are consuming an amazing amount of food.

So what does the future of the food pyramid hold? Eventually, the Fats, Oils, and Sweets Group will be a mere speck in the pyramid. I imagine it will be something like this:

Future Food Pyramid

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