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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

The Food Pyramid

Well, it looks like the food pyramid is up for review. I’m sure that plenty of these fine people have good (and hilarious) points, and maybe even a little data to back them up. Here are a few of the more interesting ideas.

A Virginia man seems to suggest dumping leafy greens — his nephew doesn't like them.

A North Carolina man wants it to warn of the "poisons" in vegetables.

"Americans need to stop blaming carbohydrates for weight problems," wrote the Washington-based Independent Bakers Association. "Simply put, Americans need to cut down on caloric intake and increase their physical activity."

In fact, the folks at the American Association of Cereal Chemists in St. Paul bolstered their pro-carb stance by pointing out biblical references to manna from heaven and the bread of life.

The debate, both social and scientific, about the effects of carbs on our weight and eating habits is an interesting one. My opinion is that refined carbs (i.e., sugar) causes weight gain due to the fast absorption --> increase in blood sugar --> spike in insulin --> blood sugar crash --> hunger (reviewed: Bell and Sears, Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr (2003); 43(4): 357-77)).

Additionally, the spike in insulin (over many times) wears out the pancreas...leading to an increased risk of Type II Diabetes. Not good.

I think that people need to realize that it’s not just what you eat…but rather the important factor is how much energy you expend vs. how much you consume (with some provisos, of course).

This concept is what these fine people revising the Food Pyramid should be pushing. Although this may seem stupidly obvious, it would seem that the majority of Americans don’t get it and there aren’t any particularly good signs of this changing any time soon.


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