NPR : Is the Food Pyramid Obsolete?
...."ate a Harvard-designed diet
containing fewer carbohydrates and more
fats. Not just any fat, but foods, such as
nuts and vegetable oils, that don't
contain harmful trans-fatty acids.
The study found that those who ate the
Harvard diet had a significantly reduced
risk for major chronic disease. "The
benefit we've seen -- for example, a
reduction in heart disease by
approximately 40 percent in men and 30
percent in women -- is actually quite
large," says Willett. "What we've seen is that the impact of diet
can be just as powerful as the best cholesterol-lowering drug in
terms of prevention."
Alternative to the Food Pyramid
The Harvard diet recommends:
posted by Cyndy
- 5 servings vegetables (potatoes don't count)
- 4 servings fruit
- 1 serving nuts and tofu
- Eat white meat (fish or poultry) four times as often as red meat (beef, pork, lamb and processed meats)
- 3 to 6 servings whole grains, such as dark breads and high fiber cereals