Reasons to Re-think the Food Guide Pyramid and Improve You’re Eating Once and For All!

There are several criticisms of the traditional food pyramid education, including:

  1. Overemphasis on Grains: The traditional food pyramid emphasizes grains as the foundation of a healthy diet, recommending 6-11 servings per day. However, many experts argue that this overemphasizes the importance of grains and may contribute to overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems. We NEED carbs, but opt for whole grains and complex carbs like
    potatoes and rice to give us optimal energy over highly processed grains like white bread.
  2. Insufficient Protein Recommendations: The traditional food pyramid recommends 2-3 servings of protein per day, which many experts argue is not enough for optimal health. Adequate protein is important for muscle growth, hormone regulation, and numerous other bodily functions. Sports nutrition recommends 0.8-1.0g of protein per pound of bodyweight, so eat more protein LOL!
  3. Confusing Recommendations for Fats: The traditional food pyramid lumps all fats together and recommends limiting their consumption, regardless of whether they are healthy fats (such as those found in nuts, seeds, and avocados) or unhealthy fats (such as trans fats). This oversimplification can lead to confusion about which types of fats are beneficial and which should be avoided. Opt for olive oil, grass-fed butters, avocados and healthy nut butters over things like Crisco and vegetable oils.
  4. Lack of Emphasis on Whole Foods: The traditional food pyramid does not emphasize the importance of whole, minimally processed foods, instead allowing for a wide range of processed foods as long as they fit within the recommended serving sizes. Moral of
    the story? Limit things you consume from a package and more importantly food purchased in a drive thru!
  5. The Pyramid Misrepresents the Importance of all Macro Nutrients: The pyramid both new and old don’t accurately depict portion sizes needed for optimal fitness or weight loss results. It also makes it seem that the macro nutrients of protein, fat and carbs are equally important to overall health! We may need different size portions, but all are beneficially and needed to achieve our health goals.

Overall, while the traditional food pyramid has been a useful tool for educating the public about healthy eating, it has some limitations and criticisms. It’s important to consult a certified nutrition coach who can customize food recommendations to you and your unique fitness and weight loss goals. Sign-up for your FREE 30 minute nutrition consultation today and meet with a nutrition coach at Edge Body Boot Camp Omaha. Let us help you reach your goals once and for all!!