A Guide to Eating, Much Better than the USDA Pyramid

If you like Sarah Pope’s blog and videos over at http://thehealthyhomeeconomist.com you are going to love this. It’s the Weston A. Price booklet, Heathly 4 Life, free as a pdf. It is their version of a guide to healthy eating, much better than the USDA food pyramid, which places too much emphasis on grain, doesn’t teach about soaking grain, and doesn’t differentiate between raw milk and pasteurized milk or healthy fat and bad fat.

Here’s what the WAPF web site says:

Rather than prescribe one-size-fits-all levels of macronutrients—fats, carbohydrates and proteins—the Healthy 4 Life plan recommends nutrient-dense versions of animal and plant foods, with particular emphasis on healthy traditional fats like butter, lard, egg yolks and coconut oil.  The plan does not specify specific amounts of fats or carbohydrates because the need for these macronutrients varies with the individual.  Those who engage in high levels of physical activity can incorporate more carbohydrates in the diet without gaining weight; those needing to lose weight or control blood glucose levels require more healthy fats in the diet as fats provide satiety and help keep blood sugar within a normal range.

The proposed 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines perpetuate the mistakes of previous guidelines in demonizing saturated fats and animal foods rich in saturated fatty acids such as egg yolks, butter, whole milk, cheese, fatty meats like bacon and animal fats for cooking. The current obesity epidemic emerged as vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates replaced these healthy, nutrient-dense traditional fats. Animal fats supply many essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain from other sources.

By restricting healthy animal fats in school lunches and diets for pregnant women and growing children, the USDA Guidelines will accelerate the tragic epidemic of learning and behavior disorders.  The nutrients found most abundantly in animal fats and organ meats—including choline, cholesterol and arachidonic acid—are critical for the development of the brain and the function of receptors that modulate thinking and behavior. The vitamins and fatty acids carried uniquely in saturated animal fats are necessary for normal reproduction.  The 2010 Guidelines will increase infertility in this country, already at tragically high rates.

Here is the link to the booklet:

http://www.westonaprice.org/images/pdfs/healthy4life2011.pdf

Here’s a link to a video press conference about the release of the booklet.

http://blip.tv/weston-a-price-foundation/critique-of-the-2010-usda-dietary-guidelines-with-powerpoint-4879125

or you can watch the video in segments on YouTube by using the video at the top of this blog post.

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