Food Guide Pyramid

The Atkins Diet Food Guide Pyramid, Part 7: Superior Nutritional Advice

Sunday, July 18, 2004
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Despite the few areas where I think the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid could be improved, the pyramid nonetheless remains an impressive guide to sound nutrition. In fact, I think it should replace the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. The Atkins pyramid simply describes a healthier way for human beings to eat.

Its use of the exercise gradient is nothing less than brilliant, and it even has the courage to warn people against two dangerous ingredients: added sugars and hydrogenated oils. Those are features we've never seen on any food guide pyramid from the USDA.

My guess is that if the general public were to follow the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid as published, we would see a stunning decrease in deaths from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention sharp drops in clinical depression, behavioral disorders, digestive disorders like IBS, nervous system disorders and even arthritis.

All of this, of course, would devastate the pharmaceutical industry, which depends on these diseases for its financial lifeline. But they need not worry (yet), since chances are, the USDA will never adopt anything close to the Atkins pyramid as their own. More likely, the USDA will eventually produce yet another politically-motivated nutritional chart organized primarily in terms of the financial and political influence of various food industry groups and growers.

It will be heralded as the "official U.S. government guide to nutrition," and it will never say anything like "no added sugars," since that would enrage the Big Sugar industry in the United States, which is heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars and has strong political ties.

The fact is, the USDA will never get nutrition right. They can't. They don't have the political courage to print the truth such as, "refined sugars cause diabetes." A statement like that would never fly at the USDA, regardless of its scientific merit.

That's why you can only get the truth on nutrition and health from independent researchers and writers like what you're getting right here in this report.

About the Author

Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist, researcher and author who writes about the dietary causes of disease and health. He is the author of Low-Carb Diet Warning, the The Ten Most Important Emerging Technologies For Humanity," the editor of The Atkins Report, author of Superfoods for Optimum Health: Chlorella and Spirulina and executive director of the Consumer Wellness Research Center. Adams is a low-carb dieter who has transformed his own health and lost fifty pounds of body fat by applying the nutritional advice he shares in this and other CWRC reports, books and manuals.

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Relationship With Atkins Nutritionals

Neither the Consumer Wellness Research Center nor the author of this report has any relationship with Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Atkins has not paid to be mentioned in this report, and nothing in this report is meant to imply that this information is "official" Atkins information. The Consumer Wellness Research Center has chosen to cover this topic due to its potential to improve the health of a great number of people, not out of any request or suggestion by Atkins, which may offer a different interpretation of the Atkins pyramid from the one provided here.

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.

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About the author: Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate and award-winning journalist with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, and he has published numerous courses on preparedness and survival, including financial preparedness, emergency food supplies, urban survival and tactical self-defense. Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company. In 2010, Adams launched, a natural health video site featuring videos on holistic health and green living. He's also the founder and CEO of a well known email mail merge software developer whose software, 'Email Marketing Director,' currently runs the NaturalNews email subscriptions. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and enjoys outdoor activities, nature photography, Pilates and martial arts training. Known as the 'Health Ranger,' Adams' personal health statistics and mission statements are located at

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