Health: My Trapezoid

What's right--and wrong--with the new plan

It's not really fair to blame the food pyramid that was retired last week for the millions of Americans who became obese since it was introduced in 1992. But the original pyramid--on which the federal school-meal program was based--certainly played a part. Not only was it confusing, measuring food in inscrutable serving sizes, but it led millions of Americans down the doughnut path, recommending the intake of large quantities of carbohydrates without distinguishing between whole grains, which are good for you, and highly refined carbs that you might as well apply directly to the hips and gut.

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