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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

9 January 2013

We've all seen those food pyramids that the Australian government uses to promote a well-balanced diet. Well, I learnt about them through Healthy Harold, but we all know what I'm talking about.

Now, that traditional food pyramid (pictured left) was created in the 70's - completely disregarding the hugely phenomenal Atkins Diet.
This diet involved minimal carbohydrate consumption, so as to shift the body's reliance on glucose-based energy to stored fat. This diet was probably the most successful in recent Western history, and is still very much relevant in today's dietary fads.

Whatever the case, times have changed, and carbohydrates are now the bad guy while (selective) fats are the good guys.

Today's Quota is a number of local and international alternative 'food pyramids' that have sprung up as of late.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but does give you some insight into the changing nature of nutritional scholarship.
Interesting stuff, especially if we finally see a shift in the Australian government's archaic approach to dietary harmony.

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

NHMRC Dietary Guidelines for Australians

ESDGP New Food Pyramid

Dr Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid

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