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USDA food pyramid

Everyone seems to be on a diet, and the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is one that most Americans have followed religiously for years. Popularized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid, this kind of a diet may actually be making waistlines larger, not smaller. And it may also be contributing to health problems, including obesity and heart disease, according to some nutritionists.

From the history of the food pyramid to the plethora of new diets on the market today, let's look at just how this food pyramid is getting so much criticism. Has this pyramid seen its last days in the sun? You be the one to decide.


© 2002 Lisa D. Greene
Last revised: 2 December 2002