Point of the Day: Food Pyramid Sucks

By Sparta Science

October 7, 2009

Unfortunately, the outdated food pyramid emphasizes excessive amounts of grains and breads, and continues to be preached by nutritionists and the educational system worldwide. This emphasis on carbohydrates can lead to a host of health problems (diabetes anyone?) and decreased performance (not just in sport, in life).

Jonny Bowden, a board-certified nutrition specialist and a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition
, suggests this alternative, “It would probably be more like a circle with about 70% of calories divided equally among protein, fat, and fibrous vegetables and fruits; another 10% for nuts, another 10% for beans, and an optional 10% for grains.”

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