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  • #16
    Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
    They probably consider the potato a vegetable.
    Ya I agree with this. And the person who said they include corn as well. If you separated those out it would probably cut the vegetable intake in half, considering that there's no separation for "fast food" or "junk food," and the average American eats 29 POUNDS of french fries alone. Where do they account for corn chips, or potato chips, or other "vegetable" based snacks?

    I think this actually paints a fairly rosey picture of what the average person eats, if you're looking at SAD standards. "Look at all those veggies and fruits! Not much meat, and look, sugar is so small compared to dairy and produce!"

    Edit: They actually do separate corn, as 56 pounds of the 416 listed for veggies. About 13% of total vegetable intake is actually grain! I do wish they had broken down what part potatoes take of the remaining 360 pounds.

    And milk is 181 pounds of the 600 pounds listed for non-cheese dairy...that's still 419 pounds of yogurt/sour cream/heavy cream/ice cream (24 pounds alone)...and I don't really know what else that would include!
    Last edited by hannahc; 08-02-2010, 10:31 AM.
    You are what you eat,
    and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan


    • #17
      On this topic, I had a rep from MediFast come into my office today to try to sell me. Said the american diet was 47% fat and THATS why we're all so fat. "So, Mr. Medifast, it's not the fake sugars & chemicals & colourings & processed carbs your program has?" Basically suggested that I push their sexy low-fat soy-protein filled bars "packed" with 20 lab-sourced vitamins & minerals to my gym members so they lose NO thanks!!

      I hate that people equate low body weight with health!


      • #18
        Wow! It told me to get 377 carbs a day... to maintain. 308 carbs to loose weight.

        I don't even get that many in a week!!!!
        March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
        Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

        "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin


        • #19
          Wow! A little more than 1/2 lb of flour and cereal a day and a little less than 1/2 lb of sweetener!


          • #20
            Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
            They probably consider the potato a vegetable.
            And perhaps corn too.

            ETA: Oops, Hannah said that already.


            • #21
              I wonder how much of what they count as servings of things like fruits and vegetables come from things like fruit roll ups, fruit juice, V8, etc
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