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26 Ways You Stay Hungry: #6


6. My Plate

Obesity has increased by over 300% since the 1960s. During that time, the Federal Government food recommendation has been the food pyramid and My Plate. The transition to My Plate has offered few nutritional changes and obesity projections indicate that this epidemic will continue to increase. (see image below)


My Plate - success or failure?

 


What is obesity? It all ties back to your brain and its regulation of ALL body processes. Just like your car, we need energy (gasoline). However, we also need nutrients to repair and recover from daily “wear and tear” just like your car needs an oil change, a new battery and other components. In essence, obesity is malnutrition! An obese person, in most cases, has too many calories but not enough nutrition to accommodate repair and recovery. A lesser cause of obesity is gluttony where both calories and nutrients are in excess - but in today’s society malnutrition is a much more common cause of hunger and obesity.


My Plate and the Food Pyramid

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, though it has been revised to reflect some key findings, still doesn’t offer the most complete picture when it comes to basic nutrition advice.


Let’s look at MyPlate recommendations:


Fruits: Who can argue against fruits? Fruits are high in sugars including fructose. High fructose corn syrup is appropriately demonized and is in most processed foods. What is the difference between a grape and grape soda? The fruit contains nutrients and fiber that help your body repair, recover, and aids in the absorption of the sugars in the grape. The corn syrup in the grape soda does not contains these nutrients and actually “robs” nutrients from your body to aid in digestion and metabolism - putting you at a deficit. The issue with the MyPlate fruit recommendation is a lack of appreciation of the Glycemic Index - which is how much sugar the fruit throws into your body quickly. Pineapple, for example, will cause your blood sugars to “spike” while berries tend not to. There is a difference in fruits! Diabetics and people who are inactive or looking to lose weight must pay attention to the Glycemic Index for fruits, and vegetables for that matter.


Vegetables: No argument. Ho