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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