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Food Pyramid – Low Carb vs Low Fat

Through the past so many years, the Food Guide Pyramid (which I’ll refer to as “FGP” from here on) has been a go-to dieting and nutrition staple highly promoted by the USDA and US government.

The Original Food Guide Pyramid

The Original Food Guide Pyramid

It is on virtually every box of cereal as well as many other foods, and has been used as a reference over and over.

The focus on determining needs in basic food groups started around the 1950s-1960s with the creation of the USDA’s original FGP in 1992.

The original FGP stated that we should eat 6-11 servings of “bread, rice, cereal and pasta” (the “grain” group), followed by fruits and vegetables, then meat & dairy, then fats, oils, and sweets. Although this diet plan does emphasize lower-sugar, it is common knowledge that carbs turn into glucose (sugar) in the blood.

The original FGP made no mention of whole-grains or fiber.

Under the original FGP you could enjoy plenty of white bread, white rice, and pasta and not think twice. Since the original (and even today’s) FGP promoted low-fat, you were limited on all different types of fats.

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