Posts Tagged ‘government’

The New Four Food Groups

The USDA’s Basic Four Food Groups appeared in the 1950’s:

(1) meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, and nuts
(2) dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
(3) grains
(4) fruits and vegetables

Until 1992 this combo of foods was the central component of nutrition education in the US and it was believed to be the final word on nutrition by all Americans. Then there was the Food Guide Pyramid:

According to Harvard School of Public Health, “the information embodied in this pyramid didn’t point the way to healthy eating. Its blueprint was based on shaky scientific evidence.” Then in 2005 the USDA introduced MyPyramid, which Harvard calls “the old Pyramid turned on its side, sans any explanatory text” that brought many critics. Continue reading


Book Overview: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Here are things I want to share with you that I learned from Alicia.

Animals on Factory Farms 

  • Animals at the slaughterhouse are in constant terror. Being scared produces body chemicals that affect the muscles and other parts of the body, namely cortisol and adrenaline. Humans can become stressed from eating this meat. You eat fear, despair, and anger when you eat the meat of a dead animal.
  • Slaughterhouse wastes are used in livestock feed (that you end up eating second hand) like blood, bone, remains of cats and dogs
  • Animals on factory farms are pumped with hormones to increase their mass. Hormones are not good — we have our own and don’t need more — because they lead to cancers like breast and prostate
  • Mercury damages your brain, kidneys, and lungs: swordfish, mackerel, and tuna have the highest levels of mercury out of all fish
  • “The meat industry has created entities like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, and the National Pork Producers Council, which spend millions and millions of dollars on print and television ads to cast their products in a positive light, despite evidence to the contrary” Continue reading