Guest Post: The Messed Up Food Pyramid

This is a guest post from Kelly of Kelly the Kitchen Kop, one of my favorite real food bloggers whose down-to-earth attitude and charming witticisms make healthy eating fun, informative and easy. Hope you enjoy it! And if you’d like to contribute to Nourished Kitchen, please contact me. — Jenny

Thank you Jenny for allowing me to write a guest post for you on a topic that has me fuming.  The problem is, here probably isn’t the best place to post the rotten quality pictures I have to go with this post, on Jenny’s blog where her pictures are always crazy awesome!  (I have a good excuse, though. I snapped these from the bulletin board at my kids’ school the other day and thought at the time that I’d be using them on my own blog, where my readers are used to that sort of thing.)  The poor lady there with the after-school kids was stuck listening to my rant.  When I told her butter is good for her, she whispered apologetically, “Yeah, I eat a little now and then.”  I wanted to scream.  Due to THIS misinformation below, she and probably 95% of American adults all think the same old thing.  Maybe more?  What do you think?  In your daily life aren’t you constantly coming across very few people who know the truth about real food and healthy fats?  Maybe you’re still unsure yourself, and if so, that’s OK.  There’s so much conflicting information coming at us, it’s not easy knowing what to believe.

What’s wrong with these pictures?

Why are so many of us suffering from more diseases of all kinds, but especially Metabolic Syndrome?  Read Wikipedia’s definition:

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  It affects one in five people, and prevalence increases with age. Some studies estimate the prevalence in the USA to be up to 25% of the population.”

What are the medical disorders that combine to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes? (Also from Wikipedia.)

  • Fasting hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
  • High blood pressure
  • Central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or apple-shaped adiposity – overweight with fat deposits mainly around the waist)
  • Decreased HDL cholesterol
  • Elevated triglycerides

We can educate ourselves and make it stop.

For years we’ve been on low fat diets but more and more of us are getting sick!  Could it be that the REAL FOODS our great grandparents ate were much better for us?  Back before fat-free milk and lean meats?  As we go through these one by one, just ask yourself what makes sense?  What is most natural?

  • Let’s start with the only one that doesn’t make my toes curl:  “Vary your veggies.”  I’ll add this, though:  “As long as you serve them with plenty of butter or other healthy fats for optimal nutrient absorption.”  (And try to use local and pesticide-free produce whenever possible.)

  • Focus on Fruit” – notice they lack a warning about too much fruit juice and all that sugar.  We rarely have juice here unless it’s 1/3 strength in my kefir soda.  While we do eat some fruit during the winter, mostly we enjoy all the fresh, local stuff when it’s in season.

  • Milk:  choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products?! What about all the healthy fats in whole milk?!  And all the FAKE stuff the nasty low-fat products have?!  Then they mention “cheese substitute” like it’s OK?  (It’s just more fake stuff…)

  • Meat & Beans” – Again the low-fat mentality shines through…  And shouldn’t they mention how important it is to find safe sources to buy our meat from?! Or maybe a little blurb about how soaking beans makes them more digestible?

  • If you have read my blog before, you know this advice on oils has me all riled up.  Limit sugars, yes, but limit healthy fats?! We don’t eat vegetable oils or trans fats at all at our house, but we eat plenty of butter, tallow, lard, coconut oil, bacon grease & ghee, and you know what?  We feel great, are full of energy, and haven’t been sick once all winter.

  • Look at this:  the fats section is soooo skinny, and the bread section is huge!  If those two switched places do you think it would start a huge turn-around in this country?  (Assuming people were eating healthy fats, that is…  Pharmaceutical companies might feel the pinch, though.)

Is any of this information new to you?

If so, don’t feel bad, most of us are either still there or were not that long ago.  As I said above, figuring out who to believe with so much conflicting information coming at us isn’t easy for anyone.

Let’s get busy spreading the Truth about food far and wide!

Top photo credit (All the rest are from my handy-dandy camera.  You know you want one.  Especially Jenny.)

Kelly has been blogging about “politically incorrect” health & nutrition topics on Kelly the Kitchen Kop since January of 2008. She has passionately researched how to eat better and live better since discovering the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004.  She lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband of 22 years and 4 children.