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U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid
As always, the problem in nutrition and anti-aging medicine is to decide: "WHO SHALL I BELIEVE?" There are so many "experts" with 10 doctorate certificates hanging on the wall from top universities, directly contradicting each other's advice: "Potatoes are good for you because they contain 25% carbohydrates." "Potatoes are bad for you because they contain 25% carbohydrates."
Are carbohydrates good for you or bad for you?
According to the attrocious U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid, carbohydrates are good for you and they should form 60% of your daily intake of calories. Especially good are bread, spaghetti, breakfast cereals, potatoes, corn, rice, and muffins because they do not contain the Big Enemy: FAT.
This is also the advice of Dr. Dean Ornish, who the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture declared was the best advice in a public debate a few years ago between Dr. Atkins, Dr. Barry Sears, and Dr. Dean Ornish, among others.
My Advice: "Don't Believe ANYBODY! Don't Even Believe ME! Believe the Glucose Meter!"
I'll tell you who you should DEFINITELY NOT believe: Don't believe the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which gave us the attrocious U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid. This Pyramid is the Master of Disaster. The advice to eat 60% of your calories from carbohydrates, 6 to 11 servings of BREAD, PASTA, POTATOES, RICE, CORN, even MUFFINS... is a HUGE BLUNDER and the BAD ADVICE is THE DIRECT CAUSE of millions of cases of DIABETES in the world today !
Just think of it: 60% of 2000 calories is 1200 calories... 1200
calories divided by 4 calories per gram means that they are recommending
that you should eat 300 grams of SUGAR every day!!! So you visualize it,
300 grams of sugar would fill a LARGE GLASS OF WATER.
Today this bad advice, coming straight from the most highly respected experts in the world (the top experts in nutrition of the U.S. Government) is causing an epidemic of diabetes and obesity around the world. This is incredibly stupid advice coming from anybody, but it is worse because it comes from the U.S. Government, because it has been copied and taught by other Governments, as if it was the Holy Word. (It is sad... or tragic... or shameful, when the top experts in nutrition in the world are corrected by me, because I am a nobody in nutrition... But I happened to buy a glucose meter, and with a research budget of less than $100 I found out that their billion dollar advice was wrong. I have to believe what the glucose meter shows me.)
Don't believe Dr. Atkins, who says we can eat bacon and beef, disregard animal fat, pour on the cream and vegetable oil and fat. I agree with Dr. Atkins that fat is not as bad as carbohydrates, but excess fat must still be avoided, especially animal fat. I also agree with Dr. Atkins that
a high protein - very low carb diet is the best.
Don't believe Dr. Dean Ornish, or Nathan Pritikin, who advise that potatoes and spaghetti and cereals and bread are all GOOD for you because they are high in carbohydrates and low on fat. They are right, they are high on carbohydrates and low on fat... But because they are high in carbohydrates is precisely why they are both mistaken. Even a small amount of any food which is high in carbohydrates will raise most people's blood glucose levels high above 120, and in the persons where it does not shoot up blood glucose levels, it still causes a lot of insulin to be released by the pancreas, which eventually will burn out the insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas.
Don't believe Dr. Barry Sears, who takes the comfortable middle road with a mishmash theory called the Zone Diet, which he says is the right zone. It is a step in the right direction from the terrible Food Guide Pyramid, but he does not relate his advice to glucose levels, so it might be very far from the ideal for you. (It has worked very well for many, because they were following so much worse advice before, but 40% carbohydrates is still 800 calories of carbohydrates, or 200 grams of SUGAR. It is way too much SUGAR everyday, for me, and it will cause a high rise in glucose levels in many people.... It simply is not accurate enough as general advice to the public!)
Don't even believe ME !!!
Believe the Glucose Meter. BUY A GLUCOSE METER and start to test the food you eat... Measure the results against the table above. Then eat the foods that you find keep your glucose levels between 70 and 105. Of course you must also eat the foods that give you enough protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber that your body needs, and fortunately that is the same foods that keep your glucose levels low: Animal Origin, a lot of Vegetables, not much Fruits, and very little nuts and beans.
It is possible to keep your blood glucose between 70 and 100 mg/dl by avoiding carbohydrates, especially in carb rich foods such as rice, corn, potatoes, pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, pastries, sweets, marmalades, breakfast cereals, and sugar. You don't really need carbohydrates, so I advise you to eliminate them as much as you can from your diet.
On the other hand, it is extremely easy to get glucose levels way above 120... ONE GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE will shoot my glucose above 150... A plate of rice and beans, or a hamburger with french fries and a Coca-Cola... a typical fast-foods restaurant meal... are nearly "Deathly..." You will probably fall over backwards in disbelief when you measure your glucose levels and see how high they are, if you are eating like I was eating before, which is according to the U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid.
(In my case, I try to eat mostly "Animal Origin" and "Vegetables", and a very small amount of "Fruits", and some beans and nuts... and that is all!) I also inject a little (3 iu "R" Humulin) insulin before every meal, to help me to remain between 70 and 105 (I am not a diabetic, and I get "PERFECT" results every time.)
Avoid 120's. Get very upset and change your diet habits when you
get a 140 or above. Of course, you must test your glucose levels AFTER you eat. (30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes). Learn how much PURE SUGAR you can eat and remain below 105, and how much PURE SUGAR it takes to raise your glucose levels to 120... then learn to use my Amazing Carbohydrate Thermometer to stay below 105, or at worst, 120. (note: to learn how much pure sugar you can eat, you need an accurate scale and a glucose meter. Then, test yourself with 5 grams of sugar... every 20 minutes... for one hour... and repeat the test with 10 grams, 20 grams, and if necessary, 40 grams... This will show you what amount of pure sugar it takes to raise your blood glucose level to 105, to 120, and above 120. Stop after you know how much will take you above 120...) Test at least 10 times every day, before and after breakfast, and lunch or supper. If you have any doubt that a test result is correct, test again. Test strips are cheap, compared to losing your health.
I have drawn an Anti-Aging and Anti-Diabetes Food Guide Pyramid based on the seven groups of my Carbohydrate Thermometer which will help you to benefit from the Glucose Theory of Aging. The bottom part of the pyramid is not bread and spaghetti and cereals and muffins and potatoes and rice, as it is on the attrocious U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid, but rather the bottom and greatest part is Animal Origin (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, milk, etc.) This is followed by Vegetables, then a smaller section of Fruits, much smaller section of starches (corn, rice, spaghetti, beans, nuts), and quite intentionally, a tiny section of Bread, Sweets, and Sugar. The Good Guide Pyramid rests on a pedestal foundation of hormones, to remind you that hormones are indispensible "food" for your body: Growth Hormone, DHEA, Testosterone, (bio-identical) Estrogen and Progesterone for women, Melatonin, Thyroid, Pregnenolone, Insulin, and EPO.
Unlike the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, beans and nuts are quite separate on my pyramid from chicken, fish, meat and eggs... Somehow the most respected "experts" in the world confused gymnasium with magnesium and lumped beans and nuts with chickens and fish. I, however, (using THEIR TABLES) did get past grade school, so I understood that beans and nuts have 25% carbohydrates whereas chicken, fish, meat, and eggs have 0% carbohydrates, so they are entirely different groups... You see, I read their charts...
(Could it be, perhaps, that beans and nuts are lumped together with animal origin because they contain about 8% protein? ... a basic misunderstanding...)
If you follow this guide, you will surely get glucose levels far lower than if you follow the advice of the U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid... and you will also get your hormones up to where they were when you were younger if you "eat" growth hormone for breakfast every day as I do... This will surely also keep your body healthier and younger. Hormone levels do not fall because we age... We age because hormone levels fall.
(note: I am "The Bionic Man," or the closest there is to the Bionic Man... I am probably taking more hormones, regularly, than any other person on earth. I have taken a total of 11 different hormones in the course of my program. The six most important which I use regularly and under my doctor's supervision are: growth hormone, insulin, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, and erithropoyetin(EPO). I also take pregnenolone and androstenedione, sometimes... I have even used progesterone gel, too!
I have also occasionally taken thyroid, clomid, and Human corionic gonadotropin. I do NOT recommend anybody should do what I do, except under a doctor's supervision... and you might have a problem finding a doctor who will agree to help you with all that I do.
Ellis Toussier's Carbohydrate Thermometer and E. T.'s Anti-Aging and Anti-Diabetes Good Guide Pyramid
My Anti-Aging Food Guide Pyramid of course is only a rough guide. The proportion of food that is correct for each person varies for each individual person, according to how much of their pancreas they have already burned out when they learn this information. A diabetic type 1 who does not produce any insulin at all, such as Dr. Richard Bernstein, obviously cannot eat any fruits, and they can only eat much less vegetables than I can. But I am satisfied that my Food Guide Pyramid (or, Good Guide Pyramid) at least keeps its priorities in the correct order, unlike the U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid which does not understand the relationship of carbohydrates and glucose, and the resulting relationship between high blood glucose and diabetes.
The U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid measured against Ellis Toussier's Carbohydrate Thermometer and
E. T.'s Anti-Aging and Anti-Diabetes Good Guide Pyramid
Note that "Beans and Nuts" (STARCHES) are put together with "Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs" (ANIMAL ORIGIN)in the attrocious U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid. Note too, the contradiction: SUGAR (100% carbohydrates) is at the TOP of the Food Guide Pyramid, but carbohydrates are also the BOTTOM of the Food Guide Pyramid...
My Good Guide Pyramid still requires that you use basic common sense: It is better not to eat any fried foods; It is better to eat chicken and fish than beef and pork; It is better to avoid animal fat whenever and wherever you can; If you are allergic to milk or milk products, or any food for that matter, you must avoid it; It is better to eat lettuce and tomatoes (which are relatively full of water) than beets and carrots; if you must eat fruits, it is better to eat watermelon and oranges and berries and pineapple (which are relatively full of water) than dates and figs and bananas; it is better to eat beans and nuts (which contain some essential oils, and some protein) than rice or corn or spaghetti, which contain nothing but carbohydrates and very little protein, or vitamins, or fiber, or any nutrients at all....
The Good Guide Pyramid is a huge advance over the attrocious U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid, which I hope will be buried and forgotten as a tragic blunder by U.S. Government nutrition "experts". I was fooled by their bad
advice for many years, until I was fortunate to buy a $75 dollar glucose meter
with which I became convinced that their multi-billion dollar advice is worth
zero... or it has a negative value, because it causes harm to billions of people around the world who have learned to follow their bad advice.
Again... don't believe what I say... test yourself, and believe the
results you will find on the glucose meter! The Carbohydrate Thermometer is
not my opinion. It is a graphical representation of the average carbohydrate content of the seven groups of foods, as shown in the U.S.D.A. Food Tables.
It demonstrates that the U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid is upside down, or topsy-turvy. Beans and nuts should not be grouped together with fish, chicken, beef, eggs... 100% carbohydrates (SUGAR) cannot be the worst and simultaneously also the best: Pasta, Bread, Breakfast cereals, Potatoes.
The USDA seems to be oblivious to the fact that sugar and cereals are very nearly as bad for diabetics, so they are bad for everybody else, too. Potatoes and spaghetti and bread and bagels are not good because they don't contain fat; they are bad because they do contain too much carbohydrates, and if you eat too much of them (a normal portion is too much) it will raise your glucose levels way above 105.
If you follow the glucose table above and my Anti-Aging Food Guide Pyramid, I guarantee that it will result in much better health for you. Follow my recommendation, which is much stricter than the recommendation of most endocrinologists and diabetes specialists and of the American Diabetes Association, who advise only that you keep glucose at or below 140 mg/dl. They are happy if diabetics can avoid most long term complications. But if you are not a diabetic (like I am not) then you should not be following the advice given to diabetic patients because they have much more trouble lowering glucose than you do, and you should be happy to take better care of yourself.
Or you can continue to be lax. Enjoy your spaghetti and pizza and chocolate cake, eat that delicious loaf of bread, and wait until you are diabetic, because you almost certainly will be diabetic if you maintain high glucose levels 6 or 8 or more hours every day for many years. At that point, their advice might be the best that remains for you, too.
Just to give you some examples of what glucose levels you might expect from supposedly healthy foods, if you are NOT diabetic, AND you eat the high carb-low fat foods recommended by Nathan Pritikin, Dr. Ornish, and the U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid:
ONE large piece of bread OR muffin, 170 mg/dl or higher
ONE bowl of breakfast cereal ("Healthy 4" "Fiber Full" "Nature's
Best" etc.) with your choice of fruits: papaya, pineapple, apple, mango,
AND Natural Bee's Honey: 170 mg/dl or higher
ONE large plate of spaghetti, 170 mg/dl or higher
ONE large hamburger on large bun, with one serving of potatoes, and one large soft drink: 170 mg/dl or higher
ONE large glass of orange juice: 150 mg/dl
TWO large glasses of orange juice: 170 mg/dl or higher
That is: IF you are not diabetic... IF YOU ARE diabetic, then you will get much higher readings than these.
My goal, for myself and for you, is nothing less than to never be diabetic, and to always enjoy optimal health.
Read some very good discussions about the Food Guide Pyramid that appeared in
my forum, Rejuvenation:
Rejuvenation post #8992