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If you believe the food pyramid is a healthy way to eat, you might want to read the book. It goes into how it was developed… which was right about the same time P&G came out with Crisco and other groups were hydrogenating processed vegetable oils. That most people don’t eat to it is a good indicator that no one believes it’s healthy, anyway.
The government food plate might be a little better (less reliance on grains), but it still cuts out almost all fat. Developing brains need FAT. Adults also need FAT to sustain brain function and many other systems. FDA recommendations have not quite gotten that yet. If you eat to the food plate guidelines, I would not be surprised if you are cold and unhappy most of the time.
If you actually read Matt’s book (and the death by food pyramid book too, for that matter) – I think they agree with you – some diets work for some people, some don’t. We’re all different. If we were all the same, we could all go on the “one diet” that works and it would actually work.
That “one diet” (of which there are 100’s) has not worked for those of us here on the forum – that’s why we’re here, isn’t it?
If you read the books – I just re-skimmed E4H and DR2 again last night – you must use the information and develop YOUR OWN plan that fits YOUR OWN body. We are all different.
Death by food pyramid explains why… a lot of it has to do with how humans as a species have evolved – separately – in multiple locations around the globe. Thus the emergence of ‘eat for your blood type’ diets and others.
I have no special interest in the food pyramid book – the info in there is available many other places. That’s just where I read it most recently.
Keep learning and find your own path.