Harvard’s Health Pyramid picture
When we say food pyramid picture we mean the “food pyramid fight” that is being developing and that should grab the attention of any war journalist. A fight for a cake of 1000 billion US Dollars is taking place all over the world, but more particularly in USA (more than 500 billion). The U.S. Dietary Guidelines are the basis for the school lunch program apart from other important federal nutrition programs for hospitals, nurseries, military kitchens and everyday shopping list of normal consumers. Food industry is very much concern about these issues and a lot of lobbies are working at forced march.
Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, one of the world’s leading nutrition scientists, declares that the USDA Food Pyramid offers “wishy-washy, scientifically unfounded advice” and leads to “overweight, poor health and unnecessary early deaths.”
Dr. Willett and his team from both institutions have designed their own pyramid, known as the Harvard’s health pyramid. It is based entirely on the scientific studies, not in economic interests, and emphasizes exercise, whole grains, non saturated plant oils, and a reduction in white rice, pasta, and potatoes. It also recommends the regular and moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or spirits) for all adults unless there are medical or other reasons to avoid drinking.
The Harvard’s Pyramid recommends less red meat that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. It is very similar to the Mediterranean Diet.
You can download the high resolution Harvard food pyramid picture here.