Doctor's Note

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For more context, also check out my associated blog posts: Dietary Guideline Graphics: From the Food Pyramid to My Plate, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM’s Power Plate; and Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on dietary guidelines and industry influence. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

  • The new diagram is an improvement over the label-less pyramid. But explicitly labeling “vegetables” and “protein” in separate groups…yikes! Stereotype reinforcement.

  • BPCveg

    Yes, stereotype reinforcement and also misclassification. Vegetables (a culinary class) being contrasted with protein (a biomolecule that widely present in vegetables, grains and even present to a lesser extent in fruit).

    I wonder where they would place seitan (which is mostly wheat protein) … I guess double counted as both grain and protein.

    • Jason Harrison

       Further to the point, our bodies don’t need protein, they need amino acids.  Specifically the nine essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make themselves.

  • Are you still speaking at Calvin College in Grand Rapids
    on Friday November 18th?

  • Vegan for Life

    Peer Pressure and a Vegan lifestyle

    My wife and I have found it very awkward at times when we “come out” and advise that we have become vegans, given the varying negative reactions, that we generally receive.

    The reactions range from hostility (don’t do it) to we will still love you anyways, (although you are weird).

    Any resources you could suggest to minimize or avoid this sort of thing.

  • michaelresanders

    The word “vegan” is too political and basically meaningless from a true health perspective. To most people, a “vegan” is a person who actively engaged in “animal rights,” and avoiding all things from animals, including honey. Moreover, a person can live on potato chips and cola and be a junk-food vegan. Consequently, to avoid adverse reactions, simply don’t use a politically charged word. Instead, just tell people that you are giving up foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol so that you can improve your health. Who can argue against that?

  • Michael Greger M.D.
    • Hart Oldenburg

      I puked when I saw the pyramid in 1992. Instict! I have lived anti-obesity many years before it was announced. And– I have outlived all vegans allready.  Life is a breeze if you let it run your intake. Diet?  More pyramid jokes?
      Hart Oldenburg
      I Cause health—Hart Health

  • New Dietary guidelines for Americans? Are they not fat enought yet? The Guidelines  are man-made and have a track record, decades long, to destroy normal nutrition.
    Vegetables are fattening and increasing their consumption can only be defined (My new word). Food Folly!This “Experiment” has absorbed trillions, shrugged off by food science.
    I have disclosed Obesity and sent an announcment to Harvard. I did not rceive a reply but it was erased from their health portfolio. Heart & Stroke continues to dabble with the Pyramid guide.
    Why do I succcide when science fails? I live by instinc, lifelong experiencest rejecting any and all medical influences.
    I cause health —Hart Health

    • Toxins

      How are vegetables fattening? Vegetables are very low calorie in comparison with animal products.

  • MarthaLA

    Next, we shoot down that glass of ‘dairy’.