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USDA looks to revamp flawed Food Guide Pyramid, but new guide will no doubt favor interests of powerful food group lobbies

Sunday, July 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: the USDA, Food Guide Pyramid, nutritional advice


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The current USDA Food Guide Pyramid is little more than government-approved propaganda for America's grain growers. The document has almost nothing to do with sound nutritional advice and everything to do with appeasing influential food producers. Now the USDA is looking to revamp the Food Guide Pyramid into something that's easier to understand.

This process is highly politicized. Read Food Politics by Marion Nestle to get an insider's view of what goes on. For example, in the existing Food Guide Pyramid, finalized in 1992, the beef industry played an aggressive role in making sure the guide never recommended that people eat "less read meat." Instead, the guide was modified to read something more along the lines of, "Increase consumption of lean meats," which is very different from the intended, scientifically supported health advice of "eat less red meat."

The new Food Guide Pyramid will likely be even more of a handout to food producers. Farmers and food manufacturers have been put through the wringer over the Atkins Diet and low-carb diets in general, so they know how powerful nutritional guidelines can be if the public pays attention. Watch for every prominent food-related industry to play politics in an effort to get favorable placement in the new guide: the dairy industry, the sugar industry, meat producers, grain growers, produce farmers... you name it.

The USDA, of course, consistently caters to industry rather than actually looking out for the health interests of the general public, so you can rightly expect whatever new guidelines the agency produces to be little more than heavily politicized propaganda designed to appease powerful food lobbies. It's a given, even before the process has begun.

Want real nutritional advice? Read the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid, which offers far better nutritional advice than anything the federal government has come up with. After all, to get the real story on nutrition, you have to listen to people who don't have financial or political ties to food producers, and the USDA is so intertwined with food producers that it can't possibly remain objective or scientific about nutritional guidelines.


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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.

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