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Food Pyramid May Soon be Replaced

The government is looking at replacing the Food Guide Pyramid it uses to guide Americans' eating habits, hoping to find something that will motivate people better to turn to healthful diets--it's about time. The food pyramid is plagued by conflicts of interest and presents a dietary program that is completely wrong for most Americans. Echoing this is the fact that while 80 percent of the nation recognizes the pyramid, two-thirds are overweight or obese. This one-size-fits-all approach to dietary recommendations simply does not work. Revisions to the pyramid will fortunately include new dietary recommendations to avoid artery-clogging trans fats and to participate in more heart-protective physical activity, but there is still a long way to go. If you are interested you can read what Americans had to say about the food pyramid.

Seattle Post-Intelligence July 13, 2004

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