New dietary guidelines: Is anyone listening?
If you want some dinner party conversation, look no further: The federal dietary guidelines have changed yet again. Every five years, the government has been tasked with revising the guidelines, and it's affected our lives and eating habits for nearly a century whether we realize it or not.
Perhaps the guidelines had their use when we weren't a culture saturated in diet programs, exercise television shows and healthy food aisles at the grocery store. But are they necessary now? The newest report, weighing in at about 100 pages, tells us what we already know: Eat better, eat less and stop putting salt on everything. (The Salt Institute, for the record, objects.)
Is anyone listening?
Rather than letting the guidelines fall on deaf ears, we decided to fess up to what our own food pyramids would look like. What would your pyramid look like?
TweetBreak out the brushes and paint us your own pyramid -- you can upload the photos here. Or just tell us what would top the bottom of your pyramid by using #myfoodpyramid on Twitter. We'll post your responses in this blog.
A couple of Microsoft Paint-friendly Posties kept it real, topping pyramids with cake and coffee -- they did not quite get the concept that the top tip of the pyramid means the food you consume least, but it drives the point home that no one is really paying attention. At least, no one in this part of the building.
Here's a starter pyramid from Alexandra Petri.
And one from Mark Luckie:
What does your pyramid look like? Some answers:
#myfoodpyramid includes pasta and lots of it.
| February 1, 2011; 1:01 PM ET
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