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The Atkins Diet Food Guide Pyramid, Part 1: Introduction

Sunday, July 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Atkins Diet, Food Guide Pyramid, low-carb diet

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The USDA has struggled for years to update its outdated Food Guide Pyramid. Thanks to the meddling of every food and beverage industry group that has a stake in the guide, however (the dairy industry, beef industry, wheat growers, etc.), the USDA seems to be paralyzed, unable to make any changes out of fear of retribution from any industry that might perceive itself as being given anything other than a full-fledged recommendation by the USDA. (This true story of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is discussed in shocking detail in the book Food Politics by Marion Nestle.)

On the heels of political and financial bickering at the doors of the USDA, Atkins Nutritionals has managed to come up with a far superior Food Guide Pyramid that actually makes nutritional sense and isn't held hostage to the financial interests of various industry groups. In this way, the Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid turns out to be the healthiest food guide available, demonstrating yet again that a small group of nutritionists and researchers can out-smart the federal government when it comes to providing sound nutritional advice to the public.

Let's face it: the USDA is currently held hostage by the food and farming industries it is supposed to be regulating. This political climate makes it impossible for the USDA to recommend that people eat less of anything. Years ago, when research showed that red meat (beef) promoted chronic disease, the USDA tried to recommend that people, "reduce their consumption of red meat." The beef industry balked, and after several lengthy rounds of threats and political posturing, the USDA's official recommendation was changed to something almost exactly the opposite of what was original intended: "eat more lean meats." That's just one small example of how the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is actually little more than a reflection of the financial interests of various food and farming groups. No informed nutritionist would claim the USDA Food Guide Pyramid actually offers sound nutritional advice.

The Atkins Food Guide Pyramid, in contrast, does offer sound nutritional advice. And that's what this analysis report is really about. Here, the Consumer Wellness Research Center takes a closer look at the science and nutrition behind the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid and discusses strategies for applying it in your own life. By following the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid and by applying the supplementary strategies mentioned here, you can vastly improve your health outcome. You will very likely shed excess body fat, experienced heightened levels of energy, have greater clarity of thought, and may very well start to see a reversal of serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and many others.

From the point of view of the CWRC, this Atkins Food Guide Pyramid isn't perfect, and there is certainly room for improvement, but it is undoubtedly leaps and bounds ahead of the outdated USDA pyramid. So let's get started and see what's the "magic" found in the Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid.

This article is reprinted from Analysis: The Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid, a public education ebook provided free of charge by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Research Center.

Next: Part 2: Structure of the Food Guide

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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