While reading the book called Death by Food Pyramid, I came across the name Luise Light. She was one of the people who worked for the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) during the time the food pyramid was being developed. She was the leader of a group of top nutritionists who developed the original food pyramid for the United States before a food industry giants interfered.

“When our version of the Food Guide came back to us revised, we were shocked to find that it was vastly different from the one we had developed. As I later discovered, the wholesale changes made to the guide by the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture were calculated to win the acceptance of the food industry.

Our recommendation of 3-4 daily servings of whole-grain breads and cereals was changed to a whopping 6-11 servings forming the base of the Food Pyramid as a concession to the processed wheat and corn industries. Moreover, my nutritionist group had placed baked goods made with white flour — including crackers, sweets and other low-nutrient foods laden with sugars and fats — at the peak of the pyramid, recommending that they be eaten sparingly. To our alarm, in the “revised” Food Guide, they were now made part of the Pyramid’s base. ”

by Luise Light (from the book called Death by Food Pyramid)

I was totally shocked, and this led me to decide to read her book first. Her book offers Ten Rules for Healthy Eating, a new simpler food
pyramid guide, and a step-by-step eating plan that breaks through the nutrition confusion.


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