In a sense I am thankful that the food pyramid so long in use has been changed to a simple plate icon called MyPlate according to the first lady, Michelle Obama. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the main staple on this plate and that is a good thing. I certainly don't agree with everything on the plate if meat is the means by which we are supposed to get our protein needs filled, nor is milk a wise choice for the vast majority of people since almost everyone is lactose intolerant and certainly everyone that indulges in meat and dairy are also consuming dangerous amounts of hormones and antibiotics. It is, however a step up from the former food pyramid which was woefully inadequate.
One of my problems with MyPlate is that it does not answer the question of why Americans partake of such atrocious diets. I think most of us would very much like it if our families were able to eat a healthier diet and we know instinctively that fruits and vegetables should be the main part of such a diet. In my opinion the answer to the question of why many Americans don't eat a healthy diet is simply due to availability and affordability. Have you ever gone to the market and attempted to buy healthy organic fruits and vegetables? The prices are shocking and most Americans are in a struggle just to make ends meet thanks to a deep recession and ridiculous gas prices. It would be difficult to sustain a healthy diet for any length of time due to affordability if you were even a modest family of four. It's wonderful to encourage Americans to eat a healthy diet of predominantly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains but unless your name is Obama you probably can't afford to adopt such a lifestyle.
The very administration that is asking that Americans make wise dietary choices is now the head of the same government that has been supporting and subsidizing big food business for many years. They are the ones who subsidize soda pop, genetically modified corn which is used to make the deadly high fructose corn syrup, and hormone and antibiotic laden milk just to name a few. The foods which the government subsidizes and is therefore actually fairly inexpensive compared with good healthy produce, is also loaded with artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and don't get me started on all the deadly preservatives such as MSG, as well as a host of other ingredients which you probably can't pronounce because they are chemicals that were made in a laboratory somewhere.
Fast food restaurants advertise heavily and our lives are bombarded with Big Meal deals which provide up to 2000 mostly empty calories at a whack and you can get all of this for a fraction of what it would cost to eat a healthy meal which Mrs. Obama claims we should opt for. I assume that Americans feel that since their kids have to eat, and since they can't afford to feed them the way the current administration encourages, then they just kind of have to settle for fast food and the refined and processed foods which the government subsidizes, and therefore makes affordable.
As long as Big Government continues to subsidize Big Food, Americans will remain the fattest, most unhealthy nation on planet earth. We will continue to give large percentages of our paychecks to doctors who really don't heal but who enjoy big perks from Big Pharma who would like to keep us all on a steady diet of dangerous synthetic drugs made in a laboratory. As long as Big Government continues to support the Monsanto's of the world, unlabeled, and very dangerous genetically modified organisms will continue to be the ingredients in almost every processed food found at the supermarket. And when these genetically modified seeds are coming exclusively from Monsanto, do you think that such a monopoly will drive food prices down? I don't think so. Instead of sponsoring this evil empire why doesn't big government begin to support the local organic farmer through a re-allocation of food subsidies? Why not tax the hell out of dangerous processed food (you do it with liquor and cigarettes) and make local, non GMO organic fruits and vegetables more readily available and affordable?
These and many more issues simply must be addressed (today and not tomorrow) before MyPlate will become more than a fairy tale. Unfortunately, it is this writer's belief that government has been too long in the hip pocket of Big Agribusiness, Big Food, and Big Pharma and since they have been on the dole for so long it is hard to give up the perks and start concentrating on the health of it's citizenry. Until these issues and more are recognized and dealt with by the current administration I will save my applause for something a bit more worthy.
My name is Mark Brohl and I am passionate about health issues, and the state of the health of our wonderful America. I believe the American diet is literally killing us and that a steady flow of money and perks from the meat, egg, and dairy industries to the U.S. government is the reason we have had a long sustained brainwashing campaign that has precipitated the shift from a predominantly plant-based diet to an animal-based diet. The result has been an unprecedented increase in heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancers of all varieties. I believe Americans are suffering from a lack of truthful information concerning our diets. I enjoy writing motivational articles that will help to correct the problem regarding this lack of information and also examine the prevailing misinformation in the light of truth.
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