Monday, December 29, 2008

The new food pyramid is a FAILmid

We're all familiar with the food pyramid, right? If not, it looks like this.

The primary characteristic of the food pyramid was that it made use of the shape of the pyramid to make it memorable, and get the point across. Pyramids are big at the bottom, and small at the top, so you eat more of the foods at the bottom, and less of the foods at the top.

Simple and effective, right?

Apparently not.

I was eating at subway this weekend, and saw this on the wrapper.

Why is the pyramid divided vertically? Why wouldn't you make use of the pyramid's shape like the first food pyramid?

This told me three things.
1. Someone in some branch of government thought it would be a good idea to "modernize" the food pyramid.
2. Someone in some branch of government doesn't understand how a triangle works.
3. My tax dollars were funding the entire farce.

If you're going to divide a pyramid like that, why are you even using a pyramid? Why not just use a box, and run vertical lines through it?

If this makes sense to you, then I've got a suggestion for an even more modern food pyramid.

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