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The Food Pyramid Was Supposed To Show Us How To Eat. Why It Did That In The Worst Way.

What if the food industry knew things about food that we didn't know, things about taste, addiction, and sickness? Meanwhile, we're fed a glut of faddish diets and super exercises so that we can lose weight. What this documentary gets right is that the problem isn't with us — it's with the companies that feed us.

Note: That said, we don't think this documentary gets everything right. At 1:04, for example, the voiceover says "It is making us sick. And fat." Let's be clear that sickness is not purely tied to either weight or body size. Regardless of our shape, we can all fall prey to the food industry.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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