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How Turning the Food Pyramid on Its Head Can Help You “Slim Down Without Trying”

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  • While the American agricultural system is the envy of many less affluent nations, it is a food system that promotes subsidized cheap food largely devoid of nutrients and chockfull of unhealthy ingredients that has caused obesity rates to skyrocket
  • There is no relationship between agricultural subsidies and nutrition. The government’s nutritional guidelines are in large part mirrored by these same agricultural subsidies, rather than being built upon sound nutritional science
  • 92 cents of each food dollar now goes to someone other than the farmer—it’s actually spent on the various manufacturing and packaging processes associated with processed foods
  • My food pyramid for optimal health is almost the inverse of the original USDA food pyramid, featuring healthful fats and vegetables on the bottom, followed by high quality proteins, fruits, and lastly, grains and sugars, which are ideally eliminated

By Dr. Mercola

In the video above, the late Peter Jennings reports on "how to get fat without really trying." Indeed, if you eat a standard American diet (SAD), you're virtually guaranteed to inadvertently pack on extra pounds, even if you think you're eating healthy.


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