This is the federal healthy eating guide for Americans 2010.
As a practicing weight loss doctor, there are some things I disagree in this document and here are the key things consider.
Just like the previous failed attempts from the USDA via the now withdrawn and grossly flawed food guide pyramid, these guidelines continue to advocate carbohydrates over fats although the science is clear that humans evolved as Hunters and Gatherers and therefore, are biologically and genetically adapted to eating a diet rich in protein, and fat, with gathering of fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Since grain based diets are relatively recent for most populations, we do not have full adaptation to eating grain based diet. The best diet is that which is based on dietary variety with adequate protein, whole grains when grains are to be used, healthy unsaturated fats and low glycemic foods!
Overemphasis on low fat was the down fall of the food pyramid and although these guidelines are somewhat of an improvement, they still face too much emphasis on low fat, when the science is that low carbohydrate is superior as it reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance syndrome that affects 35 percent of all Americans!
The most important thing to consider for healthy eating is to reduce the overall glycemic load of foods using low glycemic foods.
Check the glycemic index of foods using the following free tool online. Understand that keeping the glycemic index low helps you stop sugar rush and crash that happens with starchy, grain, or corn based diets. Start the day right with a protein based diet such as eggs, or other balanced sources of protein as opposed to starting the day with a starchy diet such as cereals, cheerios, donuts, bagels etc.
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