Healthy eating guidelines…a history
Since we were all in elementary school, there have been colored charts on the walls depicting happy smiling children eating presumably healthy foods. The recommendations have been evolving since the late 1800’s when W.O. Atwater laid the foundation for the first food guide. In the late fifties, the basic four: defined as milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and grain products.
Changes made in the 1970’s were to include a fifth category to the Basic Four; these should be consumed only in moderation: fats, sweets and alcoholic beverages. The creations of graphics in 1988 were to represent the food groups and suggest the importance of the three main components: variety, proportionality and moderation. The changes have continued in the guidelines, resulting in the 1992 USDA Food Pyramid, revised again in 2010, you can checkout My Pyramid here. Again, still aware of the dilemma of recommendations that reflect healthy eating the USDA has most recently created the My Plate. Yes, the My Pyramid is out and the My Plate is in…for now.
In addition, when we carefully scrutinize the data and its full impact regarding the changes overtime in the pyramid, many things such as economics, politics, lobbying, and laws are evident. For example, the pyramid continues to recommend the products that benefit agricultural and food-processing interests however, the purpose of this article is to ascertain information concerning healthy foods presented in the most credible food guides. I say, “No politics for me please”.
Enter-The Honest Food Guide: a REAL food guide
Mike Adams, The Health Ranger, has made it his life’s mission to educate people to obtain optimal health. It is through his own experience and research that he has uncovered the truth about harmful foods, beverages and a variety of products that we are exposed to on a daily basis. His work has been well received by his peers and reviewed by many who hail it a refreshing take on this ever-changing issue. This groundbreaking honest review of the best and the worst in foods and beverages is something that is without influence by the usual powers that be…so to speak. Mike Adams work has continued to stay on message by reiterating his most important statement.
The vast majority of all diseases can be easily prevented and even cured without drugs or surgery-Mike Adams
Remember, seeking out the freshest produce, meat, eggs and poultry is at your fingertips. Check Local Harvest and local health food markets and specialty stores for all your health needs.
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Hippocrates(c.460 – 400 BC)