The New Food Pyramid – The Foundation for Better Health
Most of us grew up with nutrition advice provided by the old “food pyramid.” You probably remember learning in school about the amount of servings of certain foods you should try to eat each day. But Dr. Steven Gundry says it’s time to replace that line of thinking with a new food pyramid – one based on a much healthier dietary philosophy.
Out With the Old
The traditional food pyramid established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is riddled with problems. The main one, and the reason you need to ignore this old pyramid immediately, is that it recommends you eat between six and 11 servings of bread daily.
Think about that for a minute. The old pyramid states that you should eat as many as 11 slices of bread each and every day. Can you imagine how much weight you’d gain if you followed that suggestion? And you’d also be ingesting a lot of potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives.
Dr. Gundry sees a lot of patients who have problems with not only their weight, but also their joints and skin. He believes there’s one common thread that runs through all the issues he encounters with patients – the food they eat. Most of them have tried to eat right through the years, putting into practice what they learned in school. And many of them have suffered greatly as a result.
In With the New
It is time, in Dr. Gundry’s learned opinion, to get rid of the old philosophy and implement a new food pyramid. While there are a few similarities, the vast majority of this new pyramid is different from what you were taught when you were a child.
The foundation of this new food pyramid includes leafy greens, good fats, and approved oils – rather than bread. Eating the proper types of oils and fats is the most important thing you can do when it comes to following a healthy diet. Good oils include walnut oil, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil, while approved leafy greens include spinach, fennel, parsley, and Romaine lettuce. You should also get an ample supply of certain types of vegetables as well, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and asparagus.
Another important component of the new food pyramid is to skip a meal every once in a while. Millions of years ago, our ancestors went without food for certain periods of time. As a result, the human body learned to adapt, storing energy for the times food wasn’t available. In fact, it’s important that we fast periodically, to make sure our bodies are able to completely process and digest what we’ve already consumed.
The third level of the new food pyramid includes flour alternatives, nuts, and grains that are free of lectin. (Learn more about lectins and the important Lectin Shield here.) This is where you get to satisfy your cravings for bread and grain. While it’s fine to include these in your diet on a daily basis, it’s very important to do so in moderation. And not all nuts are okay – you need to stick to walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, chestnuts, coconut, and pistachios. Use almond or coconut flour instead of the traditional white flour you find in the store. The reason is that processed flour has no nutritional value.
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Only certain grains are acceptable as well, and only in moderation. Sorghum is good because it is free of gluten as well as lectin and has a great deal of fiber. It is not only good for heart health, but has been shown to help with other types of health issues as well.¹ Millet is another great form of grain that’s rich in a lot of vital minerals, such as potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It also contains antioxidants that provide a wide range of health benefits.²
This just scratches the surface of the components of the new food pyramid. The main thing we want you to take away is that you should no longer follow the old pyramid you learned in grade school – it’s doing you more harm than good.
If you’d like more information on the rest of the new food pyramid, such as the other types of food you need to eat – and which ones to avoid completely, check out Dr. Gundry’s book, The Plant Paradox.