When I was growing up we didn't have the pyramid thingy, we had the four basic food groups. All in all a much better way of eating. No food group was elevated over the other, Breads and cereals were on equal footing with meats, fruits/vegetables, and dairy. Fats were not demonized, and far fewer people were obese. Coincidence? I think not. Now thanks to the USDA and the carb is good and fat is bad mentality, Obesity rates are going up, especiallt among the young. In a recent post in LivingLaVidaLowCarb I read about kids being sent to fat camp and being allowed all sorts of fat free crap. What these kids really need is some meat and eggs and cheese and nuts. The body only has two choices with carbs, burn them or store them. Period. Even so I have to give the USDA credit for doing their job well. Their job of course is promoting the interest of industrial agri-business. Proctecting the interest of the consumer is not what they do, do not kid your self about this. So these fat kidsin this fat camp, are exactly what the USDA wants, Consumers of the American agriciulture and food processing business. The reason LC could never last in the mainstream, is that there was no money on whole foods. Meat, fruit and vegetables require no processing. Wow, this is getting bloggy. The bottom line is eat real food. Protien and fat make us stay full longer. Carbs with out protein and fat just cause a vicious cirlce of hunger and eating more carbs. Like the basic four food groups, eat some of each at your next meal and be happy.