People these days seem to all be crazy about low carb, slow carb, Atkins, and South Beach diets, but the USDA Food Pyramid suggests we eat more grains than anything else in a day, with at least half of those being whole grains. Specifically for me to gradually lose weight, the interactive tools at mypyramid.gov suggest I eat the following daily:
- 6.5 ounces of meats and beans
- 3 cups of milk/dairy
- 2 cups of fruits
- 3.5 cups of vegetables
- 9 ounces of grains
Why is there such an emphasis on grains? Would I be missing out on some sort of nutritional goodness if I ate 9 ounces of meat and 6.5 ounces of grains instead? What about the 4.5 ounces of grains that aren't whole? Won't they spike my blood sugars and drive me nuts? What about the rest of the Pyramid? If I hate fruits and eat veggies instead, am I going to be missing out on a key fruit vitamin?