Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? | Freethink Wrong

Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? | Freethink Wrong

– In 1988 Oprah
pulled out a red wagon full of greasy animal fat to show her audience how much weight she had lost. It was pretty gross. But it became her highest
rated episode ever. Back then fat was the enemy. It was increasingly being
seen as the root cause behind America’s steady rise
in obesity and diabetes. So when the food pyramid came out in 1992 it was intended to help
Americans fight back by officially recommending a
low fat diet for better health. But decades later the
fallout from the food pyramid may have accidentally made
our diets less healthy. And quite possibly made the obesity and diabetes problem even worse. This is the story of how we
got the food pyramid so wrong. To address America’s
mounting obesity, diabetes and heart disease problems in the ’80s, policymakers looked to
what had worked before on a different public
health menace: smoking. Back in 1964, the Surgeon General’s Office
published a landmark report that established a link
between smoking and cancer. In the following years rates
of smoking fell dramatically and tobacco related
cancers started declining. It was a watershed moment in public health and the report was widely credited with helping to save millions of lives. So to try and recreate
some of that success, in 1988 the Surgeon
General’s Office published a 700 page report to help fix our diet. The Surgeon General boasted that the depth of the science was even more impressive than the legendary smoking study. It was the first time officials
identified the reduction of fat as the number one dietary priority. And when the USDA food pyramid came out four years later it reflected that. Fat was crammed into the tippy-top along with a warning to
only use it sparingly, whereas a host of carbohydrate-rich foods occupied the pyramid’s wide bottom layer. The message it sent was simple and clear: carbohydrates good, fat bad. The food pyramid spread far and wide. It was in schools, on posters, in our homes, and on our minds. It was the most widely adopted guideline for healthy eating in the
history of the United States. Over a decade after it came onto the scene a Gallup survey found that 82% of Americans believed
the pyramid was the basis of a sensible, healthful eating plan. But despite the pyramid’s notoriety and years of educating the
public about nutrition, Americans didn’t seem to
be getting any healthier. Obesity and diabetes
were continuing to climb. So what was going on? Well, first of all it turns out that the food pyramid’s
use fat sparingly caution was an oversimplification from the start. Research today makes a pretty strong case that not all fats are created equal. And some fats are actually good. In fact too little good fat could actually be leading to heart disease and obesity. The very problems the food pyramid had been developed to prevent. And the problems with
oversimplification didn’t end there. The wide bottom of the pyramid
gave many the impression that eating a diet with
lots of carbs was good without distinguishing
between complex carbs found in whole grains and oats and simple carbs found in things like white bread and baked goods, which your body quickly turns
into waist-expanding sugar. The pyramid’s authors
actually knew this at the time but they thought keeping
their guidelines simple was important so they left that part out. And the decision proved
to be a fateful one. The pyramid’s low fat, high carb recipe would end up contributing
to a low fat diet craze that was about to sweep the nation. Sensing the growing anti-fat sentiment in the ’80s and ’90s the
food industry responded by developing thousands
of reduced fat products. Yogurt, chips, meats,
cheeses, and cookies. By 2005 low fat and fat free products were a 35 billion dollar market. the largest segment of
the diet food industry. But there was a catch. When food manufacturers took out the fat they had to replace it with something that still made it taste good, which almost always
meant adding extra sugar and carbohydrates. Compared to the late ’70s, today we eat around 60 more pounds of grains and 30 more pounds of
sweeteners every year. At the same time, we’re eating up to 400 more calories per day. In recent years there are signs that perspectives are changing. In 2015 the official dietary
guidelines eliminated its limits on cholesterol. And the American Heart Association has gradually revised its guidelines and moved away from its strict
guidance to lower fat intake. The bottom line is that
nutrition is complex. And despite collective efforts of some of the planet’s best minds the science of nutrition is still young and evolving. The number of annual studies on obesity and diabetes alone has risen from about 1,000 in
1960 to 44,000 in 2013. It’s likely that more
than a million articles have been published on dieting
over the last 50 years. Given all the complexity perhaps the food
pyramid’s greatest mistake was in its inception
because an oversimplified, one size fits all recommendation is a pretty surefire recipe
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100 Replies to “Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? | Freethink Wrong

  1. Man, this channel is interesting. The video about the food crisis in the 70s was featured in an ad; it was the first ad I've watched all the way through in at least a year.

  2. Wanna know something funny? This popped up as an ad, and I watched for a little bit. It was only after a while I realized I was still watching. It was that good. I formative too.

  3. farmers know what makes farm animals big and plump.
    They remove grass from their diet. They feed them corn and grains. Humans digestive systems are similar to gorillas they never eat grain. Atkins realised this.

  4. Fat is not necessarily unhealthy, but isolated fat can be. Healthy fat is found in nuts, seeds, and avocados. Processed "food" products are the problem.

  5. If you think you don’t follow the food pyramid consider the fact that literally everything we eat has added carbs and sugar. Even low fat “healthy” labeled foods are loaded with sugar.

  6. anyone see the South Park upside where Cartman fixes the pyramid by turning it upside down ? lol
    Upside down, it's basically the keto diet, which is helping people reverse their diabetes and obesity interestingly

  7. I was fortunate because my parents were smart and their parents were smart and we held onto the historical knowledge. Even better my mother was a biologist. Because of all this we didn’t care what the government told us we should eat, we just ate healthy foods, in moderation, and tried to have variety.

  8. The rise of obesity might also because there are some people who are saying that its ok to be obese calling it fat acceptance. So there's that.

  9. Apparently the pyramid works if you're doing a juice fast. All we're doing is eating produce food filled with so many additives.

  10. They intentionally misled Americans about the food pyramid, for the exact reason leftists push Trump collusion. Subverting western society.

  11. This channel "Freethink Media" is Koch Brothers Conservative and libertarian propaganda outfit. They neglected to mention the influence of Big Agra on the FDA and how that contributed to the food pyramid: https://www.salon.com/2015/04/12/the_fdas_phony_nutrition_science_how_big_food_and_agriculture_trumps_real_science_and_why_the_government_allows_it/
    Other Koch Brothers propaganda sites include…

    Emergent Order

    Mercury Radio/The Blaze
    Moving Picture Institute



    Red Edge

    Saturday Evening Post

    Ventures Africa

    Young Voices

  12. It really wasn't that hard to tell the pyramkd was wrong. Look at france, they eat a ton of fat and yet less heart disease and obesity? If you told people they Were wrong the would look at you like you were crazy. The wuestion now is what other food pyramid "truths" arr causing high suicide, obesity, and mental health diseases. Im thinking its antibiotics in food killing gut flora vausing us not to digrst the chemicals we need for brain balance, absorb more fat. Also hormones introduced in our environment that can cause an imbalance and cause neurons to be destroyed.

  13. This is the same throughout life. Scients know everything, our government knows everything, CNN knows everything. Just stop. Quit.

  14. Who cares what the food pyramid says. If you’re gaining weight, you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning. It’s simple math people.

  15. Natural animal fats are one of the most healthy things you can put into your body.

    Now, if the government would just publicly recognize their mistake, and force manufacturers to remove all the poison they’re putting into our foods, we might have a chance at eating a more balanced diet. As it stands now, the ONLY way my body doesn’t immediately pack on a ton of weight, is if I eat a strict zero carb / carnivorous diet.

    I lost 40 lbs in a matter of months, but the minute I started to let “normal” food back into my life, I gained as much as a pound or more back in a day from an intake of even a relatively small intake of typical store bought garbage.

    The other issue that this video doesn’t have time to explain is how unhealthy vegan propaganda has infiltrated the highest levels of Government responsible for revising these dietary guidelines and the current recommendations are still considered to be a high carb diet—even when compared to the average American diet from the 1950’s. (Complex or not, carbs are ALL bad, because they’re ALL sugar!)

  16. 3:59 I’m sorry, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it scientifically proven that the average adult is supposed to consume around 1,500 to 2,500 calories per day at most? Because that what most people know and would know if they learned the very basics of nutrition. In no way, shape, or form I’m saying that I have a high proper expertise or degree in nutrition, but this is something most people would know if they paid attention in school/college or just by a simple google search, 400 calories or less is just asking to be malnourished, and this even applies to children too, 4-8 year olds already should have to consume 1,200 calories. Calorie intake can also differ and depends from many factors; you need more calories as you get older, males need more calories than females, adolescents and adults need more if they’re athletes/super active, how much an individual exercises, weight, metabolism, height, age, genetics, environment, and more things that I wish to add on. So based on the statement that is given in 3:59 I feel like more misinformation could’ve been thrown out in this video very unknowingly.

  17. I really dont think the food pyramid was the problem. It was the people who didn't follow the food pyramid and did not exercise.
    One thing that has increased since 1992 is the amount of fast food people eat. Some eat fast food every day. Which is not recommended by the food pyramid.

  18. Food is not complicated, most of the world understand how to eat. Just don't eat unhealthy stuff! If you can't understand what's unhealthy, just stay away from white food and crisp food.

  19. Laziness has made people fat.
    Imagine a world where you work at home in front of a computer all day. Then you play video games and/or binge streaming videos all evening. But you get hungry, so you order your groceries online, then order a delievery service to bring said groceries to your door. But you get 'really' hungry while waiting, so you order another delievery service to pick up some fast food and bring it to your home while you wait.
    Oh….this is America, we already live in that world.

  20. I am wondering if the MyPlate diagram is having more success in combating obesity and diabetes. I know that as a when I volunteered with a science education program for elementary school student, we now use the MyPlate for nutrition education

  21. Govt doesn't belong in our business. Recommending? They dictated our diets. Eat whole real food: no gmo, no edited food.

  22. now people fear carbs. even though complex carbs are a great asset to healthy eating, just like protein and the right amount of fat.

  23. Oversimplification indeed. The tip of the pyramid wasn't just "fats", it was Fats, Oils & Sweets. Sweets as in sugar, the very thing companies "had to" add to their products to make them more palatable.

    Thing is, they didn't "have to", they chose to; they have to be able to compete with each other on the free market. How else could they extract money from the human cattle? Actually produce healthy food? No no, that eats the bottom line too much. Instead, just dump a ton of sugar and simple carbs (which IS sugar, they literally added sugar twice in the animation), the very thing at the top of the pyramid you're only to use sparingly, and blame the science failing a quarter-century later.

    As for the bottom of the pyramid, it was called "Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group", and later renamed Grains in the 2000s pyramid exactly BECAUSE companies were making bread, cereal, and pasta with so much refined sugar. A single slice of white bread is already 36% of your daily value of sugar. So a PB&J sammich? You're pretty much stuck with un-dressed salad for the rest of the day. It was only ever meant to be complex carbs, which have little nutritional value alone, but have vitamins, minerals, and fibre in their natural complex form. But hey, companies had to compete in the free market, so screw that natural stuff, it needs to taste great; cue the sugar and simple carbs!

    And note, no remarks on the rest of the pyramid, they only talk about the "fats" at the top, and the "carbs" at the bottom. I freely think that this "Freethink" group is yet another company lobby channel, probably for corn syrup if I had to guess. I'm perfectly ready to admit the food pyramid had clarification issues, but for the most part it worked fine; the free market took it and ran us all right into the ground.

  24. I feel sorry for the 45 idiots that didn't like this vid. They're destined for diabetes or heart disease. This info is absolutely 1000% true.

  25. Queue the paleo propaganda equating all carbs with flour, sugar and junk food, then claiming high fat is good. Guess what? Paleo has been around long enough we know it's not effective, healthy nor sustainable. It's a bandaid for insulin resistance, eliminating good starches with the processed food, and actually increasing insulin resistance in the process. It's a trap.

  26. junk carbs food like snacks and cake, soft drinks, white bread (don't get offended white folks, not talking about that), white rice = diabetes epidemic = kaching $$$ for healthcare.

    Remember the food pyramid? yeah that's bullshit, you should eat mostly real protein like fish, chicken and lots of veggies and fruits, unless you run a lot, junk carbs + sugar can be dangerous like this video pointed out.

  27. Normally I'd be upset at finding somebody promoting their channel through an ad, but I'm actually glad it led me here

  28. No one follows the food pyramid, and the reason why obesity and diabetes is on the rise is because of hundreds of food industries making unhealthy food cheap, affordable, and addicting… 2 burgers for a buck or 1 dollar for 1 mango … ask older generations, everyone ate at home, eating outside was not a very frequent thing, people were a bit more productive…

  29. Thanks for the great summary, about wraps up the age of official nutrition misinformation. It's been proven wrong for quite a while by now… Glad I was early to realize it (10 years ago). One look at the research debunks the whole thing. Don't know how the government ever let it pass. When in doubt, follow conventional wisdom. If people have been doing it for centuries, chances are it does something right.

  30. Yes all the oversimplification of fat in the original food pyramid was wrong, but what if I told you all this demonization of sugar and carbs is just another misplaced, oversimplified iteration of this?

    This all stems from the carb-insulin hypothesis of obesity. James Krieger's website Weightology has a wonderful series on the topic if you want to read more. Essentially, this theory has been proven time and time again to be false, yet some prominent charlatans within the industry desperately hold on to it (namely Jason Fung, an outlier among the entirety of the scientific community which denies the CI model of obesity).

    Don't oversimplify things. Sugar isn't very effective as a filler in these "low fat" foods to make them healthier, but the entire reason they're still making people fat is the calories they contain. Just look at data which shows how sugar intake has plummeted, yet obesity continues to rise. There are several confounding variables and to try and oversimplify it down to one thing such as increased sugar intake, is ridiculous. How about the increase in food delivery services such as uber eats? That's just one example which plays into the complex network of how highly palatable food is becoming more and more convenient to consume.

    In reality, if you consume too many calories (energy), your body packs on fat (stored energy). It's that simple. The danger is in the dose. Fat, sugar, etc, won't kill you. If you eat a largely healthy diet full of whole foods and try to get a balance of fiber, essential vitamins and minerals (many of which are found in carb-heavy foods), and protein, and balance your caloric intake accordingly to your activity level, if you eat some sugar and saturated fats here and there while managing your weight, you'll be pretty healthy compared to most of the population as most people are walking around deficient in something.

    Don't buy into the hype. The sugar scare is just the fat scare 2.0

  31. Who else came here because of the YouTube ad? I did and I just came to see the actual video because I want to like it and subscribe👍🏽

  32. MIT researcher correlated the rise of glyphosate with disease and obesity explaining the liver seggregates toxins into fat when overwhelmed as a real concern. It sounds plausible as we depend on microbes for nutrients only they can make.

  33. The ridiculous thing is, humans knew how to eat before industries got involved. "The science of nutrition?" There never was any proper science, it was being willfully ignored. And now, so-called, science is being built on top of dogma and myth (particularly that saturated fat is bad). We literally cannot trust any information we get from the establishment – the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical industry and the media – in particular. These industries are corrupted by the power of money. Plain and simple.

  34. It seems it was assumed that only fat makes more fat when in reality carbs do, as the SAD eating plan has proved in the US population

  35. Modern food is calorie rich but nutrient poor – synthetic vitamins/minerals, no anti-oxidants but full of preservatives instead. Food is not supposed to come in boxes. Humans are the ONLY species who cook their food – observation of nature.shows this fact. Best diet for health is food in its natural, unprocessed, uncooked form. Fruit/veg/nuts/seeds/herbs.

  36. Just eat only soup youll stay thin. I had two bowls of soup a day and regulaur dinner I got super thin and had problems keeping wieght on

  37. Accidentally? Nah I don’t think so. Those people who run these corps wanted us to eat all of that shit at the bottom to make sells

  38. Seriously someone is blaming the food pyramid, and not all the chemicals that are allowed to be in food that aren't legally food in any other country… I've never known anyone who's actual diet matched the food pyramid recommendations in any way.

  39. If somebody have doubt that fats are bad then have a look in my diet, I take 12 whole eggs, 42 grams olive oil, 2tbsp coconut oil and 70grams peanut butter and if you assume I'm an overweight person then have a look in my Instagram account. Aryaman.a.singh

  40. A whole food plant-based diet reverses heart disease (99.6% in clinical trials) and type 2 diabetes and prevents 60% of cancer. This diet is 80% complex carbohydrates, 10% whole plant fats (i.e. not oil), and 10% plant protein

  41. There shouldn’t be low fat things in snack foods. If you want to be healthy, don’t eat them, and if you don’t care, eat regular snacks.

  42. First time I watched an ad on a YouTube video all the way. Kudos to this very entertaining channel.

  43. I was about to eat my 12th serving of pancakes today as per the food pyramid guidelines then I saw this video.

  44. when i first saw the pyramid i was like : is THIS their rules? like SKSSKSKSK no wonder there's diabetes wtf there's bread and pasta and shit as a base

  45. Back then you could eat a whole container of Pringle’s chips. Say: It’s low fat 😀 And no one thought: This doesn’t seem right 🤔? 😂

  46. You forgot to mention the amount a lobbying that went into changing the guidelines into what the food pyramid became. Also, that was misleading showing the article on butter being good. That is not what the original study concluded.

  47. I followed that stupid food pyramid and gained a ton of weight. I could not loose. Now I do Keto type and am in the healthy BMI. This video is absolutely true. My over 100 plus loss is proof. Sugar lobbies are evil.

  48. Ok, just know, they are talking about type 2 diabetes. Not type 1, which is the worse of the two. You have NO control over type 1.

  49. I just watched this while video as an ad and couldnt stop watching. The flow of this definitely had me hooked and curious

  50. I was just waiting for the part where they said they replaced fat w/ sugar to make their "low fat" variety. Had the opposite effect. Oopsie!

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