Unlearning what we’ve been told

Well here’s the pivotal point where you decide I’m completely full of it or that maybe I might be on to something. I often feel like I’ve had to work hard to unlearn much of what I’ve been told as a member of Generation X. Previous generations may not feel that way but boy so many of us young’uns bloom into the adult world full of all the wrong knowledge. This is particularly true with many ideas about food and nutrition that have been reinforced over the last several decades and are not necessarily true. Let’s go through a few of them.

#1 The food pyramid.

What a hot mess. Since 1992, the USDA has published a food pyramid that pushed grains and pasta as the baseline of our diet. Six to 11 servings of bread, cereal, pasta and rice were suggested in 1992. From there you were supposed to eat 2-3 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables. Next up 2-3 servings of dairy and 2-3 servings of meat or nuts. Finally, fats and oils and sweets were to be limited.

Now, going back to simplicity and thinking about those crazy ancestors of ours-bread, pasta and cereal didn’t really exist. And once we figured out how to make them, it was quite an arduous process. Again, common sense dictates that maybe those items are not actually supposed to make up the largest parts of our diet.

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