In 1992, federal government scientists issued nutritional guidance, using a Food Pyramid to replace, and improve upon, the long-standing government-approved, school-taught Four Food Groups. The Food Pyramid urged people to consume more carbs than any other type of food.
Supermarkets—even Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, with their healthy food veneer—contain multiple aisles of carb-dense foods: fruit juices, cookies, crackers, breads, flours, tortillas and multiple shapes of pasta. Standing in checkout lines, one sees many carb-loaded shopping carts. Those with such cargo tend to be overweight. Carbs also cause cavities.
By supporting carb consumption, The Food Pyramid promoted what is now known as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of conditions that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.