Pyramids, Plates, and More
Well, the Pyramid guide to food is gone, and good riddance. It reminded us of Egypt, and sand and heat, but it didn’t help us know what to eat!
Now we have a plate. Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, said that if the symbol got more people to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat, that makes it worthwhile. The new symbol now gives us some general guidance–and its a great improvement, but, just to be difficult, I’d like to rearrange what’s on the new “Plate.”
Improving the Plate
To start—let’s give ourselves 12 servings of various foods/day, and six servings of vegetables(Vs) fill the ENTIRE left side of the plate.
Fruits (Fs), grains and protein each get two servings—filling up the right side of the plate. Why do this? Six servings of Vs are considered by most adventuresome nutritionists as what we need—and some say seven or even eight. My view is that only two servings of Fs are needed—mostly berries, and no juice.
The two servings of grains should, of course, be whole grain.
In future blogs, I’ll give reasons behind these suggestions, after which many will accept them as “imperatives.” I’ll present the views of Joyce Hanna and myself, of Stanford’s Health Improvement Program, for what we have called “The Best Diet Ever.” This diet is designed to prevent heart attacks, strokes and many types of cancer. It also is a foundation for the dietary approach to increasing “brain power.” It also helps protect the earth.
The diet will be presented in five or six parts, in sequence, to allow details and reasons for the ideas expressed.
John W Farquhar, M.D. is C.F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention, Emeritus,
Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Emeritus at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Food, we love you.