1. It’s outdated – all fats are not bad (in fact we need the good ones) and dairy is not essential in the diet. Calcium is available in many other living foods.
2. Harvard scientist Dr. Walter Willet criticizes the pyramid for its mis-leading information and adding to the growing epidemic of obesity.
3. Carbohydrates – which are (according to this information) to make up the bulk of the diet by providing at least 6 servings, which is far too much. It makes no distinction between simple (sugars) and complex (starches) carbohydrates.
4. All proteins are not created equally. There are many sources of protein that don’t need to come from animals.
Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritional Pyramid is based on the foods that are the richest in micronutrients and have shown consistent benefits to health and longevity in scientific studies. The USDA pyramid treats these protective foods as “side dishes,” and allows the vast majority of calories to be obtained from nutrient poor foods.
1. The base of this pyramid should be the basic foundation of everyone’s food plate. Nutrient rich foods that provide the highest sources of vitamins and minerals. Eaten raw, or juiced these micronutrients provide live enzymes that feed cells and boost immunity.
2. This illustration demonstrates a far superior approach to a healthy diet.
3. Nutrient poor foods are at the two top tiers of the pyramid.
4. According to Dr. Fuhrman, a long-term consistent diet of micronutrients benefits health and longevity in scientific studies.
Which one makes most sense to you?