The US government has replaced the food pyramid with the food plate image to tell Americans nudge Americans toward a healthier diet. Presentation styles do matter, and this new presentation is definitely an improvement. Additionally, there have been some changes besides just the presentation: If you compare the two, you can see that the new emphasis is on a little less carbs and a little more fat — a change in the right direction even if not enough.
Readers may recognize that in my life I have been all over the map in terms of religion, politics and medicine. Yet another imbalanced, fanatic aspect of my life has been food — go figure! In my past I have been a vegan, a raw vegan, a macrobiotic, a flexatarian and now I eat “paleo” (low-carb). So you can see I am not to be trusted. But for fun I have made a plate image of my present diet.
So which diet is best — well, don’t ask your doctor. Interestingly a recent study shows that doctors opinions are culturally determined and very close to the opinions of their uneducated lay patients. If you ask a physician about a low-carb diet, for instance, they will probably criticize it as a fad. Indeed it may be a mere fad. Only time will tell — lots of time! But a recent study has declared that Low-Carb diet may be good, if accompanied by exercise. Wheeew, do I feel a lot better. But dog-gone-it, why does everything have to be so complicated?
Question to Readers: Confess your food fads! [I’m off to have some sardines and wine!]