The Harvard School
of Public Health
has said that the food pyramid is out of sync with
scientific evidence and needs to be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground
One element of the new model being proposed by the school is that people
should eat less red meat and more white meat - both poultry and fish.
The new model recommends that people eat four times more white meat than
The United States
Department of Agriculture
, issued in 1992 the following dietary guidelines:
â€¢ Six to 11 servings of rice, bread, cereal and pastas
â€¢ three to five
servings of vegetables
â€¢ Two to four servings of fruits
â€¢ Two to three
servings milk, yoghurt, cheese
â€¢ Two to three servings meat, poultry, fish,
dry beans, eggs, nuts
â€¢ Fats, oils and sweets: use sparingly.
The Harvard School of Public Health diet recommends:
â€¢ Five servings
vegetables (potatoes don't count)
â€¢ Four servings fruit
â€¢ One serving nuts
â€¢ Eat white meat (fish or poultry) four times more often as red meat
(beef, pork, lamb and processed meats) and
â€¢ Three to six servings whole
grains, such as dark breads.
Several landmark studies have called into question the US government's
official dietary guidelines, enshrined in the food pyramid. However, several
ground-breaking studies show that this American icon is most likely obsolete.
Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health says the food pyramid
is "a licence to overeat".
"The Food Pyramid is tremendously flawed. It says all fats are bad; all
complex carbohydrates are good; all protein sources offer the same nutrition;
and dairy should be eaten in high amounts. None of this is accurate," he