This picture (or one similar) of the food pyramid is found in the canteens of all schools and many other “health conscious” organizations in Singapore.
If you have taken note of the current state of health of our population and the kind of decline we are in, we can see that it’s NOT WORKING.
First we need to take a look at the origins of the food pyramid. It is designed and “researched” by the US Department of Agriculture. Hmm… that means corn producing farmers, hmmm of course they want us to eat 6-11 servings of starch per day.
From my experience with about 200 clients per year at the Genesis Performance Center, I believe that only about 20-30% of us can handle that amount of starch safely, and only 5% of us can handle that amount of starch beneficially. For the rest of us, 6-11!! servings of starch would make us FAT. Unless we were national athletes who train 6 hours per day.
The food pyramid is also Fat Phobic. Don’t be afraid to eat fat. As long as its not evil trans fat, its fine for you.
The only good thing is that the Food Pyramid suggests we eat quite a few veggies and fruits.
Ok, I’m not one to make complaints without giving suggestions. So…
If I were the Singapore Minister Of Health, my dietary guidelines would be…
- Eat protein at every meal as much as you like
- Eat veggies at every meal as much as you like
- Fat from natural sources (meat, nuts, fish oils)
- Eat fruits 2-3 servings per day
- Eat starch (rice, noodles, bread – anything that’s not green or meat) only if you have just had a bout of vigorous physical activity.
That’s it. No calorie counting, no counting carbs/protein or fat, simple and doable. Watch Singapore’s health care costs DROP as we get leaner, stronger and healthier.