Another change to the “Food Pyramid”???

Well, maybe the USDA will get a little closer to reality rather than be influenced by the big food industry…

The USDA has had a  long standing history of making changes to it’s guidelines starting in the late 1880’s through the present:


The first USDA food guidelines were written Wilbur Atwater, an agricultural chemist, as a chart. These food guidelines included the amount of water, protein, fat, and carbohydrates in each type of food.



“Food for Young Children” by Caroline Hint identified the 5 major food groups for children 3-6years old–milk and meat, cereals, vegetables and fruit, fast and fatty foods, and sugar and sugary foods. The main rule in preparation for children’s meals is that they be “carefully prepared and attractively served.”




1920 – 1940

During this time period, the USDA released several pamphlets encouraging Americans to eat a wide variety of foods. In this pamphlet titled “Choose Your Food Wisely,” it is advised that the public eat some food from each of the five food groups daily.






In the 1940’s the USDA released the seven different food groups in it’s new “Food Wheel.” It advised Americans to eat at least one  serving of leafy green or yellow vegetables, one serving of citrus fruit, tomatoes  or raw cabbage, one serving of potatoes or other vegetables/fruits, three to four cups of milk, one to two servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dried peas or beans, one serving of bread, flour or cereal, and some butter or fortified margarine every day.



During this time frame, the USDA’s motto was “Food for Fitness.” This chart cut the food groups down to four groups:

  •  Milk
  •  Meat
  •  Vegetables/Fruits
  •  Breads/Cereals

The underlying message here was to eat what was needed for  energy.


In 1979 the “Hassle-Free Food Guide” was introduced which broke meals down into the four groups with a side of caution for fats and sweets.

It was at this time when Fruits and Vegetables climbed to the top of the page followed by four servings of bread/cereal, two to four servings of milk/cheese, and two servings of meat, poultry or beans.




Late 1980’s

Here in the late 1980’s the USDA published the Seven Rules in it’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” which was the first time the USDA emphasized avoiding too much sodium and drinking alcohol in moderation.




This is the most familiar of the guides to most of us. The bottom layer is dedicated to breads/cereals/rice/pasta. Vegetables/Fruits too  up the second layer. Milk products and meats are on the third layer and fats/oils/sweets are on top. The most misleading aspect of this is the fact that some saw the top of the pyramid as the most important  leading to confusion over the amount of fats a person should consume.


The most recent update to the food pyramid was titled “Steps to a Healthier You” indicating the addition of Exercise. This too was perceived as confusing by not specifying amounts of servings or identify the oil groups very well.



The Present

Well, here is the USDA’s newest version known as the “Food Plate.” They are getting closer, but in my opinion, we need to reduce the amount of Grains, which are pro-inflammatory, and the amount of Dairy, which is mucus forming. Otherwise I think this is a lot better to live with than the pyramids we have seen in the past.




Breaking the Sugar Addiction Without Sugar Substitutes…

With all the research out there blaming sugar substitutes for a host of health related conditions, it doesn’t make sense to risk using them. But, there is good news on the horizon with several ways to break the “sugar addiction” and say good bye to the toxic effects of these artificial sweeteners. See the 4 most common natural alternatives in this article. Remember one thing and that is that a clogged coronary when dissected is made up mostly of SUGAR and FAT. Not only are the artificial sweeteners detrimental but sugar itself is quite harmful all in it’s own.

Click here to read what the Natural Alternatives are to sugar…

10 Reasons to keep kids off soda!!!

It’s no secret that soda is a major contributor to childhood obesity. Here are 10 very strong reasons to get our grandchildren off the bubbly.

1. Soda contains no nutrients, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies show a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. For example: Each 12-ounce soda may contain up to 160 calories or more. On average, a pound is equal to 3,500 calories. Therefore, every 30 cans of soda are equal to one pound of straight sugar. Do the math. A child drinking 2 or 3 cans per day (an unfortunately this is not uncommon today) will consume an additional pound of sugar every 10-15 days, equaling a whopping 30 pounds per year!

2. Soda suppresses the appetite so kids are less likely to eat nourishing foods. Soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. Not to mention that sugar consumption robs the body of necessary B-Vitamins as well, that is vital to a properly functioning nervous system.

3. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, can deplete bones of calcium. Girls who drink more soda are more prone to broken bones. Doctors are becoming concerned about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption on teenage girls.

4. Studies show a direct link between tooth decay and soda. Not only does the sugar cause cavities, the acids in soda erode tooth enamel, which begins in only 20 minutes! Dentists are reporting complete loss of the enamel on the front teeth in teenage boys and girls who habitually drink sodas. In fact, the British Dental Association sent out a warning that over one-third of Britain’s 14 year olds are destroying the enamel on their teeth by consuming excessive amounts of carbonated drinks!

5. Caffeine is known to create physical dependence and upsets the normal balance of neurochemistry in the developing brains of children. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands without providing the nourishment it needs. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. Colas contain 35 to 38 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can. Diet colas often contain a lot more. A can of Pepsi One has about 56 milligrams of caffeine. Mountain Dew, Mello Yellow, Sun Drop, Jolt, Barq’s Root Beer, and Sunkist Orange soda all contain caffeine. Sprite, 7-up, ginger ale, and many brands of root beer are caffeine-free.

6. Drinking a lot of soda every day can lead to blood sugar disorders, including diabetes. This simple statement carries a huge consequence to our children today. The onset of type II diabetes, almost unheard of in children only a few decades ago, is reaching epidemic proportions.

7. Aspartame, used in diet soda, is a potent brain toxin and endocrine disrupter. The list of side effects from Aspartame consumption is very long, ranging from creating neurological disorders, endocrine imbalances, memory changes (such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) to name a few.

8. Citric acid, often found in soda, may contain traces of monosodium glutamate (MSG) MSG is another potent brain toxin. To add to it, artificial flavors found in soda may also contain traces of MSG.

9. Drinking sodas regularly can upset the fragile, acid-alkaline balance of the stomach, creating a continuous acid environment. This prolonged acid environment can lead to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining, which in addition to being quite painful; can lead to malabsorption syndrome (or the improper absorption of nutrients from our gastrointestinal tract.)

10. Sodas act as dehydrating diuretics, much like tea, coffee, and alcohol, and can inhibit proper digestive function. Again, the problem here is that soda consumption alters the ability of the body to absorb nutrients properly.

Ten reasons to take soda out of your house. Need more? Visit and look up the keyword sugar. There you’ll find a list of 124 dangers of sugar. There simply is nothing better we can do as grandparents than to help our grandchildren kick the soda habit!

Thanx for visiting my blog,

Healthy Life Dr.

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