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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Can you let me know is it actually healthy to follow the food pyramid?

Can you let me know is it actually healthy to follow the food pyramid?

Governement plate: I prefer the new government plate which is 1/4 plate as protein, 1/4 plate as complex carbs, 1/4 as fruit and 1/4 as vegetables. You can also have 1/2 the plate as vegetables if you want. www.choosemyplate.gov. ...Read more

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Is there a separate food pyramid for kids, teenagers and adults? Or do we all just follow the reg food pyramid?

Is there a separate food pyramid for kids, teenagers and adults?  Or do we all just follow the reg food pyramid?

No Pyramid: There is no such thing anymore. The pyramid was absolutely and dangerously wrong. The recommended diet for all ages is now called a diamond. At the top is fats at 15% of calories. In the very big middle are proteins which should make up 60% of a calorie. And at the bottom are carbohydrates, 25% of calories. ...Read more

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What is a healthy food pyramid?

Balanced meals: You can look at the recommnended food plate or the old food pyramid... Basically though eating a variety of foods and a variety of colors is helpful. According to one nutritionist I know, she recommends eating at every meal one carb and 2 proteins or 2 carbs and one protein. We should all have leafy greens, fruits (anything that grows from a flower) and protein- which can come from many sources. ...Read more

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What is the healthy food pyramid vs plate?

What is the healthy food pyramid vs plate?

FDA guidelines: Food pyramid and food plate are fda guidelines for healthy eating. See this site for more information.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. ...Read more

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Why are bread/grains still on the food pyramid?

Why are bread/grains still on the food pyramid?

Good question :-): Many people can tolerate grains and wheat breads, without difficulty. Some can be good sources of protein and other nutrients. If you're a person who doesn't tolerate these though, your own food pyramid would look different. Neurologist dr. David perlmutter has written a very interesting book about grains and the brain. http://tinyurl.com/mof6qj8 it provides some things to think about! ...Read more

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What are the healthy foods on the whole food pyramid?

What are the healthy foods on the whole food pyramid?

Too many to count: Please refer to harvard medical school of public health's healthy eating plate and healthy eating pyramid for this: http://www.Hsph. Harvard. Edu/nutritionsource/pyramid/ there's a wealth of information on this site, including all kinds of foods and where they fit on the pyramid. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the most nutritional way to eat? Following the food pyramid?

Mixed diet: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, low fat milk products and limited amount of fish and lean meats. Curtail intake of saturated fats; no tobacco and no more than one drink a day. Control the amount of food and exercise 30 minutes/day and maintain a healthy weight. ...Read more

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How many doctors and nutritionists support the use of the usda food pyramid?

Not Many!: Not many should! The original food pyramid was not based on scientific fact and has been thoroughly discounted by most modern physician and nutritionists. The best diet for today's modern person is to eat 1/3 lean protein, 1/3 dark green leafy vegetables and 1/3 power carbohydrates. Avoid the white starches, wheat and corn due to genetic modification. ...Read more

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Do the food pyramid/plate differ?

Do the food pyramid/plate differ?

Yes: Here's a good article from Harvard: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/plate-replaces-pyramid/ ...Read more

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What does the food pyramid tell us?

Which pyramid?: The pyramid has been replaced by "my food plate" by the usda. Although some improvements were made, i still don't believe this reflects optimal nutrition. I prefer this one: http://www.Drweil. Com/drw/u/art02995/dr-weil-anti-inflammatory-food-pyramid. Html. ...Read more

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Help! Exactly what is the food pyramid?

Help! Exactly what is the food pyramid?

It is a visual plan: At The base represents larger amounts of food in that category and going from the bottom to the top the quantity of foods in each category less and less for each given day ...Read more

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Who does the food pyramid not work for?

No one: The food pyramid is not a healthy way to eat. Look at the many resources that show you how to eat with a paleo or primal approach to your diet. Keep in mind that the only thing your body needs carbohydrates for is fuel for your metabolism. And the average person only needs about 100 grams per day. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the food pyramid?

Can you please describe the food pyramid?

Food pyramid: You can find out all you need to know at:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/food_guide_pyramid. ...Read more

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What is the food pyramid for a 10month baby?

What is the food pyramid for a 10month baby?

There is none: There is no food pyramid for 10 month old babies.
At ten months most babies have teeth and are on stage 2 feedings, which includes formula feeding or breast milk, some fruit juices. Cereals, fruits vegetables and some meat divided in three or four meals and avoid too much milk as that contributes to infant being obese, with some introduction of table food as tolerated. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is the food pyramid?

Food pyramid: You can find out all you need to know at:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/food_guide_pyramid. ...Read more

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What are some similarities between the food pyramid and the food plate?

What are some similarities between the food pyramid and the food plate?

Similarities: Focus around that both of crude visual representations of how much and what you should be eating. But they are rather different at this point. Myplate is much more of a relatable(plate) representation vs food pyramid being more abstract suggestion of the desired relative composition of your diet. Myplate has more of a balance of grains/veggies than the pyramid. Myplate now doesn't address fats ...Read more

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What should be in the food pyramid of someone who is trying to attain a slimmer waist & flatter stomach?

What should be in the food pyramid of someone who is trying to attain a slimmer waist & flatter stomach?

Less food: To lose weight you need to reduce the amount of food you eat. Have fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, low fat milk products, small amount of fish and lean meats. Curtail intake of saturated fat; no tobacco, no more than one drink a day. Exercise at least 30 minutes/day. ...Read more

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Is food pyramid wrong w/ 11 servings of carbs? I eat more fruits&veggies, protein w/whole grains&beans, but not 11 srvs. Could fewer carbs be harmful?

Food pyramid: Carbs can be healthy: whole fruit, whole veg, whole grains are also carbs. These are complex carbs. Avoid processed, simple, and refined carbs. Beans are excellent. Nuts are excellent. Quinoa is excellent ...Read more

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What is the mediterranean pyramid diet?

What is the mediterranean pyramid diet?

Diet that was...: Diet that was consumed by people living near the mediterranean sea (but no longer). The pyramid emphasizes at is base, plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains, and as the foundation of the pyramid narrows upwards, it adds olive oil, fish, meat, chicken, wine, and dairy foods in smaller amounts. ...Read more

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What is the healthy eating pyramid replacement for?

What is the healthy eating pyramid replacement for?

Food pyramid: The food pyramid and all the subsequent dietary recommendations were actually designed by the department of agriculture to maximize the profits of the food industry.
The food pyramid has nothing to do with your health.
If you want to eat healthy, ignore the food pyramid. Avoid eating sugars, limit your intake of carbohydrates, consume healthy fats in the form of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, chees. ...Read more

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Slight increased echogenicity of the renal pyramids bilaterally?

Slight increased echogenicity of the renal pyramids bilaterally?

Likely inflammation: Increased echogenicity of a tissue, usually indicates inflammation. It does not indicate why its there but its likely there. Given that the echogenicity is bilateral, tumors are not likely. The most common cause of such inflammation is a urinary tract infection. Consult your PCP for consideration of an Urology referral if you have other symptoms that are problematic. ...Read more

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Slightly increased echogenicity of the medullary pyramids, suspect medullary nephrocalcinosis. What does that mean?

Slightly increased echogenicity of the medullary pyramids, suspect medullary nephrocalcinosis. What does that mean?

Medullary: Nephrocalcinosis refers to deposition of calcium salts in the medulla of the kidney. They are like tiny stones. There are many causes, including medullary sponge kidney, hyperparathyroidism, hypervitaminosis D, milk alkali syndrome, renal tubular acidosis, Cushings, hyperuricemia, and more. So you need to discuss the results with your doctor to determine what it might mean in your case. ...Read more

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What is the usual function of the renal pyramid?

What is the usual function of the renal pyramid?

Production of urine: The renal pyramid consists of renal tubules primarily the loop of henle and collecting ducts. As urine passes through these tubules it is more and more concentrated and certain electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, chloride etc are secreted or reabsorbed from or into these tubules to maintain precise concentration of these electrolytes in the blood. ...Read more

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What are the pyramids in the medulla? What do they do?

What are the pyramids in the medulla? What do they do?

They are paired: White matter nerve tracts within the medulla of the brainstem, involved primarily in motor function ...Read more

Food Pyramid (Definition)

Also known as the diet pyramid, the food pyramid is a pyramid-shaped plan which represents the number of servings to be eaten daily from each food group (vegetables, fruits, grains, oils, dairy, and meat). In 2011, the food pyramid was replaced by MyPlate, which is a more accurate depiction ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more