The Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid proposal turns the old USAD Food Guide Pyramid on its head.
The Boston Globe reports on the latest example of the unintended consequences of Government programs based on good intentions and bad science:
The Agriculture Department is in the midst of revising the Food Guide Pyramid, a contentious matter as food companies lobby to make sure their products are not criticized . . .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last week that confirms what almost everyone -- except some people in the food industry -- accepts as fact: Many Americans are overweight because they are eating more . . .
Based on these figures, it would seem that the advice outlined in the US Agriculture Department's Food Guide Pyramid has changed Americans' eating habits, though not in the way it was intended. The Agriculture Department hoped that if people ate more whole grains and other carbohydrates, they would reduce their consumption of fats.
While the percentage of fat has declined, the actual consumption of fats has gone up slightly. The increase in carbohydrates is just much higher.
Meanwhile the Atkins people, undeterred by a smear campaign against their late guru, took their new food pyramid to Washington this week with the slogan "It's all about feeling satisfied." They say the way to eat less is to eat more proteins, which stick to the ribs, and fewer refined carbohydrates, which don't.