The Chicken Diet


I never could figure out why the food pyramid recommends so many servings of whole grains. I mean, every experience I’ve ever had tells me that people who eat a lot of bread are fat. I don’t know of too many people who eat a lot of bread who are thin. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of one. Can you?


OK, so now they tell me, well it’s the people who eat white flour. You should eat whole grains. So everyone flocks to whole grain stuff like a flock of chickens.


I don’t know about you, but it tastes like rope and does bad things to my body. Something is wrong with this picture.


But I keep thinking, maybe it’s just me. My Common-Sense Meter must be out of whack.


Then, all of these people started developing all sorts of inflammation problems due to gluten sensitivity. If you’re having trouble with arthritis, you might want to cut out the whole grain thing. Or irritable bowel, or bloating, or gas.


Maybe I was right after-all? We’re not chickens, so we shouldn’t be eating a chicken’s diet?


So what gives? Why the big recommendation to eat so much grain?


Why didn’t I think of it?


I was reading an excerpt from Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by M.D. Walter C. Willett & P.J. Skerrett, and they point out that the Food Pyramid is put together with a lot of help from the Department of Agriculture. We grow (and sell) wheat, corn, and dairy.


Of Course! (bopping myself in the head…) If it makes no common-sense, someone is making money.


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1 thought on “The Chicken Diet

  1. Jennie Dal Bello

    I realised a few years ago how ‘unbalanced’ the food pyramid actually is. For years, we all just went along with the so-called ‘experts’ and trusted what they were telling us. Great article!

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