Term Paper: 1992, the U.S. Department

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[. . .] Additionally, levels of low -- density lipoprotein, commonly known as "bad cholesterol" increase as well when switching to carbohydrates. An increase in glucose and sugar levels, as well as the risk of obesity should be mentioned as well.

The solution we propose is somewhat similar to the one referring to meat and implements, first of all, a differentiated view on the carbohydrates category. We suggest that additional categories of food, including nuts and beans, should be used to provide part of the proteins needed (1 to 3 servings) and that entire components of the carbohydrate category, including white rice, white bread, pasta and sweets, should be used sparingly. Whole grain foods, notorious for their numerous qualities in disease prevention, should be consumed at most meals.

The third issue that comes up when referring to the old pyramid and a serious concern in this case is the promotion of an "overconsumption of dairy products," up to 2 or 3 servings per day. If we look at the calcium content, this proposal should prove useful, however, experimental studies have shown that high dairy consumption is also associated with increased risks of prostate cancer or ovarian cancer. At this point, even if conclusions cannot be drawn, the risk is there and there is no point in recommending something we know may be risky.

As such, we recommend a decrease of dairy consumption or calcium supplements, perhaps around one serving a day only. This should prove enough to provide the calcium quantity needed by the body and to avoid additional risks of disease that may occur. Additionally, where needed, the daily use of multiple vitamins can supplement the nutritive elements.

If we look at the elements provide here above, we may consider three main objections to the old USDA pyramid. These refer to the position occupied by meat and the general perception that "meat is bad," to the use of carbohydrates, as the main substitutes of protein providers and the position occupied by dairy products in the respective pyramid.

As a change, we thus recommend a differentiation in the meat category, with a higher consumption of white meat and red meat sparingly used, a decrease in the uses of dairy products and a lower use of carbohydrates, with white bread and pasta used sparingly.


1. Rebuilding the Food Pyramid. Scientific American. January 2003

2. The Food Pyramid. Release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. August 1992, revised octover 1996. On the Internet at http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/pyrabklt.pdf

The Food Pyramid. Release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. August 1992, revised octover 1996. On the Internet at http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/pyrabklt.pdf


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