Last Updated on 24 January 2022 by Ray Plumlee

Adhering to USDA Diet Advice Would Cause Obesity

A number of you might be grown up enough to remember the Food Pyramid of 1992; it consisted of grains as the pyramid’s biggest block at the bottom, urging you to consume 6 to 11 servings of cereal, pasta, bread and rice every day.

This extra quantity of carbohydrates of a which majority is refined, is exactly the opposite of what a lot of people require to remain healthy. On the pyramid’s topmost part, sugar and fats were present; obviously, sugar should be there, but not healthy fats. Actually, a majority of the people would gain from attaining between 50% to 70% of their overall calories from fats which are healthy!

Progression of the Food Pyramid

USDA MyPlate
USDA’s MyPlate Diet Recommendations

In 2011, ‘MyPlate’ substituted the food pyramid which overruled grains a bit, as being the most vital dietary ingredient; this made vegetables the hugest ‘portion.’ However, it still needs a lot of development before it provides a meal plan which will really sustain your ultimate health.

Among the most obvious anomalies is that MyPlate, literally eliminated all fats from the equation! Actually, fats are totally absent, apart from a small section of dairy, which is recommended to be devoid of fat or contain little fat.

How vital dietary fats are, is not discussed, even the ‘good’ ones such as monounsaturated fats present in nuts like pecans and olive oil (canola oil is included in this group; however I recommend keeping away from it and making use of coconut oil instead).

Obviously, among the most vital healthy fats is omega-3 which is animal-based, which is not present on the plate also. Lack of this necessary fat can lead or cause extremely critical health issues, both mental as well as physical and might be an important primary factor of as many as 96,000 early deaths every year.

It does not come as a surprise that the US state has still not recognized the information which continually builds up indicating that saturated fat is really fascinatingly nutritious, healthy and a totally natural fat which people have been surviving on for millenia.

It presents the essential development blocks for the membranes of your cell and various hormones and substances similar to hormones which are crucial for your well being. Saturated fats from vegetable and animal sources like avocado, coconut oil, non-CAFO dairy and meat also present a comprehensive energy source in your diet.

When you consume fats as a section of your food, they slow absorption which makes you feel full longer; this assists in preventing overeating. Additionally, they function as carriers for vital vitamins which are fat-soluble such as vitamins A, D, E as well as K. They are required for absorption of minerals and a range of different biological procedures.

To include these good saturated fats in the diet you have, you should consume animal foods such as butter and raw dairy products as well as eggs which contain full-fat. However, the establishment still condemns these foods.

Therefore, if we accept that Dr Light was on the correct path and that the guidelines for USDA are inappropriate for us, what is appropriate then?

Let us examine the science and try to discover this for ourselves.

The Evolutionary Standpoint

When carrying out studies connected to human beings, at all times it is ideal to start with an evolutionary standpoint. What has been normally consumed by human beings? Boyd Eaton and Dr. Loren Cordain have handled this section for us in an article which was written in 2005, in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

They have discovered 7 variations between our ancestors’ diets and modern people. These seven variations are indicated below:

  • Omega 3
  • USD dietary guidelines (food pyramid)
  • Glycemic load
  • Macronutrient composition
  • Fatty acid composition
  • Micronutrient density
  • Fiber content
  • Acid-base balance
  • Sodium-potassium ratio

Due to these variations, Eaton and Cordain wrote ‘The evolutionary clash of our old genome with the nutritional elements of foods which have been presented of late might cause a lot of Western civilization chronic illnesses.’ In summary, we eat more quantities of refined sugars, more quantities of refined vegetable oils, lower quantities of EPA and DHA, reduced fiber and food with rich nutrient.

Incorrect Ratios

Grains provide support for the guidelines of USDA. This includes the rise of food which is refined in our diet and changes in glycemic load. When you combine this with apprehension due to fat, we experience a high rise of carbohydrates in the diet we have.

The standard consumption of carbohydrates for hunter/gatherer categories was 45% to 65% of calories originating from sources of carbohydrate. Majority of Americans really surpass this high figure, some drastically.

The success of establishments in causing apprehension of saturated fat which causes heart ailment has placed increased importance on vegetable oils which are refined. This has led to the American diet having increased omega-6 fatty acids which are inflammatory and decreased omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory.

In essence, this signifies that we should consume additional saturated animal fats, if possible from cows which are fed on grass and fatty fish which is caught wild; also, using coconut oil and butter to prepare them instead of canola oil, vegetable oil, as well as products of high omega-6.

Foods of High Nutrient and Fiber

Human diet support should stem from vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber. Additionally, in his article, Dr Cordain indicated that compared to grains, vegetables and fruits contain higher quantities of fiber. Of course, this is ironical as USDA always informs us that we require grains due to their fiber.

You can observe from all these that eggs, vegetables, organ meats and fruits contain extra nutrient compared to legumes and grains. Unfortunately, eggs and organ meats are a couple of foods which have been disposed from our kitchens in the previous few decades.

Zonulin, Gliadin and Grains

Grains might also have an unhealthy effect on our intestines. University of Maryland’s Dr Fasano, has conducted an excellent study in this area. The finding of hormone zonulin changes the scenario. Intestinal permeability is raised by zonulin.

Researchers discovered a rise in intestinal permeability in one research in patients who are non-celiac, when gliadin was presented. Gliadin is among the proteins which constitute the notorious gluten and we are currently aware that gliadin leads to zonulin release, even in people whose diagnosis does not indicate they have celiac illness.

Therefore, if you consume gluten, this increases your zonulin as well as gut permeability and unhealthy things occur throughout your body. In addition, compared to vegetables and fruits, the density of fiber in grains is lower and this might cause a rise in swelling. Therefore, what makes these selections of food our diet’s staple? (Note that this includes legumes also).

The Appropriate Kind and Quantity of Protein and Carbohydrates

Jeff Leach has carried out some wonderful work on the way our gut bugs are impacted by food. His article, whose title is ‘Prebiotics in Ancient Diets’ indicates that root tubers might have constituted this diet for around 2.5 million years. He says also that eating lower than 75g of starch might deprive some of the good gut bugs we have.

So, we might desire to ensure that we are consuming between 75g to 100g of starch from root tubers and fruits. There is a genetic difference in regard to tolerance of carbohydrate. Between two to fifteen amylase genes might be present in humans. How many these genes there are, might have an impact on how effectively you digest starch.

Researchers have indicated that categories of low-amylase consist of glucose rates which are higher and these rates of glucose remain high for an additional two hours compared to when similar starch quantity in eaten in a category of high-amylase. Therefore, to begin with, I like utilizing 75g to 100g; from here, we fiddle with carbohydrate consumption as required.

In regard to consumption of protein, this can also be slightly complicated. Julia Ross’ book, “The Mood Cure’ advises between four to six ounces of protein of high quality in every meal for women and for men, protein of six to eight ounces.

For me, these totals appear to be effective. From the 80s, Ross has made use of these guidelines for consumption of protein to assist with dependency and mood swings in her clinic and the success has been tremendous. Protein should originate from nutrient rich grass meats (grass-fed), fish as well as cage-free eggs. These foods which are nutritious have extremely bioavailable amino acids sources that are vital for creating new enzymes and tissues and they act as our neurotransmitters’ precursors.

The Value of Healthy Fats and Animal Products

Animal products are a vital element of the diet and should not be ignored or feared. Ensure you integrate muscle meats and organ meats with marrow. This facilitates the balancing of the ratio for glycine and methionine (this enables methionine to carry out its appropriate responsibilities, rather than forming poisonous byproducts and we attain main ingredients like iron, vitamin A and zinc.

Attempt to prepare these animal products at reduced temperatures to prevent burning. Byproducts created when meat is burned might raise some instances of cancer.


Finally, use healthy fats to cook; lard from animals that are grass-fed, coconut oil and butter. Fats are very healthy for the brain. A lot of success is experienced in Ketogenic diets in regard to articles on treatment of neurodegeneration, mood disorders as well as epilepsy.

They are vital as well for us, in the absorption of the main nutrients which are fat soluble like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats raise fullness and assist in controlling levels of blood sugar also.

Adhere to this uncomplicated rule: if you cannot hunt or rummage for it, avoid consuming it!

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After retiring in 1994, I kept myself busy traveling as an online web programmer. Maybe you heard of me, Have Web Sites Will Travel? I then retired for a second time in 2010. Recently to keep busy I started a 3rd career, a career dedicated to me. My full time dedication is to my health and fitness. My job is to research everything to do with health and fitness (Yes, sexual health) and everything else related. I workout 6 times a week, closely monitor my diet and nutrition. I have started an online blog dedicated to the health and fitness of men over 60. So you can see I keep myself very busy, a very necessary component of the life extension goal.

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Harold Johnson

Consuming unhealthy fats can cause severe damage to our body and may trigger serious cardiovascular issues. Ketogenic may help in this regard. Healthy fats and some healthy foods combined can create a very long lasting impact on your body. Try to do exercise on daily basis and burn the calories to keep the level of fitness you always wish. This is the only way for over 60 to defeat gaining.

Lou W.

Thanks for the tip about Jeff Leach’s article. I am going to find and read it for sure. Your website is a wonderful resource for information about over 60 health matters.

Andre Reece

Watched the video. I had no idea so much was spent on diet studies. Since there is, it begs the question as to how the USDA got is do wrong back in the day?

Harvey Tyler

I seemed to have missed part 1 of this analysis of the food pyramid but I had noticed that all of the healthy living and dieting information I have read over the last decade contradicts the old food pyramid of my youth. But then I am old enough to have been exposed to asbestos, lead paint, DDT and who knows what else the government agencies responsible deemed to not be harmful and now acknowledge we were being poisoned.

Chris Parents

Looking at the diets I am considering the Food Pyramid is irrelevant. I suppose a general rule of thumb has to take in the entire population, but I am going for a diet that is virtually grain free.


I don’t entirely agree with Alice. Not all diets are good for everybody. As long as you follow what fits your body, all should be fine.

Alice Jones

There is so much information out there, especially on the internet, and it is hard to determine what you should follow or not. I think any diet is a good one as long as you stay with it and keep the pounds off on a regular, safe basis.

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