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Criticism section[edit]

Also the article itself... The number 1 point of the new pyramid is that there is no 1 pyramid. There is in fact 13 seperate guidlines depending on your height, current weight, age, physical activity, and gender. The guidlines almost mirror the US NIH TLC Diet . Furthermore some of the comments are ironic and factually incorrect as the serving sizes are clearly included in the information. The article actually leaves out the best tool that I have seen called the MyPyramid Tracker which uses this database along with a physical activity database and automatically figures and tracks your nutrient and kcal intake versus your physical activity. The tool also plots trendlines so you can tell if you are lowering or raising your intake of a specific nutrient. It also breaks down what you eat into a set of nutrients so you can tell and presents it along the recomendations to see if you are in range. It is a very useful tool.

Perhaps This should be mentioned also?[edit]

On a study of 48,835 healthy women aged 50-79 followe on average for 8.1 years;

  • Just Reducing Total Fat Consumption and increasing veg servings(The Old Guidline, however note the new guidleine is different)

"Following an eating pattern lower in total fat did not significantly reduce the incidence of breast cancer, heart disease, or stroke, and did not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in healthy postmenopausal women, according to the latest clinical trial results from the National Institutes of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)."

  • The new guidline FYI is

"The results of this study do not change established recommendations on disease prevention. Women should continue to get regular mammograms and screenings for colorectal cancer, and work with their doctors to reduce their risks for heart disease including following a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol,” said National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults keep total fat intake between 20 and 35 percent of calories, and saturated fats less than 10 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, such as fish, nuts, and vegetable oils. For people with heart disease or at high risk for heart disease, targets for saturated fats may be further lowered. "

  • Finally on the glycemic index (The biggest criticism from Harvard)

"The study also found that following a high-carbohydrate, low-fat eating pattern does not increase body weight, triglycerides or indicators of increased risk of diabetes such as blood glucose or insulin levels in women."

That pretty much shoots their claims on that one.

    • "However, supporters contend that once you understand the Pyramid it is very easy to live by, it makes it clear that exercise is necessary, and that the site, while complaes, provides a wealth of information." Putting this in the Criticisms section eliminates the point of having a Criticism section. Splitting off into a new section if not backed up. Also, what does "while complaes" mean?--WaltCip 13:43, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

The link to "The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid" at the bottom of the page is borken —Preceding unsigned comment added by Oybobby (talkcontribs) 15:38, 15 July 2007

Milk is still on the pyramid? Milk and Dairy?[edit]

I thought that one of the chief reasons for redoing the pyramid was because the American Dairy Association lobbied to get "milk and dairy products" become a category on the food pyramid, just as vegetables have their own category. I'm no editor, but can someone do a quick google search and find the publications in 1998,1999 that was in usa today, nytimes, and others, and include it? The A.M.A. blasted the government for the influence of lobbying in finalizing the original food pyramid. (talk) 18:12, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Follow up- oops I found a recent article but not the one from 1999. The new food pyramid has 2 less servings of dairy as a concession. The main article I'm trying to find is the one where the american medical association was unhappy with the influence of lobbyists paid by the dairy special interest groups. Also, have any of the editors skimmed the 80 page government report about the new food pyramid?

Minimum fruit and vegetable consumption[edit]

New user. As an enthusiastic reader of Wikipedia for years, I felt the necessity for the first time to do a correction on the Encyclopedia in the Controversy section of this article by deleting a line with misleading information. It is clearly stated in the two links provided by that line that 400 grams of fruit and vegetables is the "minimum" and "at least" required consumption, not the rule or maximum amount as the user who post the line tried to express. 4.5 cups or portions may double 400 grams but it is necessary to meet a healthy balance specially when people is engaged in physical activity as mypyramid recommends.

To be replaced in the US by food plate icon[edit]

Article needs to be updated to reflect recent news reports Smiloid (talk) 18:54, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Greetings, Smiloid. Could you please wait until this Thursday when the government plans to release this? Wikipedia is not a newspaper, WP:NOTNEWS. Thank you. -SusanLesch (talk) 18:58, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
An update: the new guidelines mentioned in the above news item have gone live as of June 2011 and the new website is This means the food pyramid is now obsolete or of historical interest and future edits of the wikipedia article should now reflect this. Fourcultures (talk) 10:43, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Ok I updated it a bit. If no objection then soon (1 week) I will go ahead and remove the warning banner... Rogerdpack (talk) 03:12, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

154 lb 5'10" male[edit]

That is still us but we can lose 10. LonelyLaura (talk) 16:17, 17 February 2014 (UTC)