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New Belgium Food Pyramid Sticks Meat Next To Fries, Beer, & Pizza

The new and improved Belgium food pyramid looks a little different than the food guides in North America, and for good reason. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are water, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles, and animal products all rest far below their plant-based alternatives.

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The Canadian and U.S. food guides are arguably more reflective of the typical North American diet than they are of an actual health conscious diet. Oddly enough, the U.S. food pyramid actually recommends consuming more bread, cereals, rice, and pasta than fruits and vegetables. How could it be healthier to consume more bread than broccoli?

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The USDA Food Guide Pyramid and Canada’s Food Guide both recommend eating 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt, and cheese, as well as 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Yet, meat and dairy consumption are linked with numerous health risks including cancer, heart disease, obesity and more.

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Harvard University found that even eating small amounts of red meat, especially processed red meat, on a regular basis has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and dying from cardiovascular disease or any other cause in general. Those tiny pieces of bacon you add to your salad could literally cost you your life.

However, the government and many medical doctors support the false ideology that people need to consume a specific amount of meat and dairy products to maintain a healthy diet. When did the disconnect occur between the government and science?

Well, it seems we could take some health tips from those living across the pond in Belgium, as the new Belgium food pyramid was just released and it reflects a more accurate depiction of a healthy diet.

The New Belgium Food Pyramid

The new and improved Belgium food pyramid looks a little different than the food guides in North America, and for good reason. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are water, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles, and animal products all rest far below their plant-based alternatives.

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Small amounts of eggs, dairy, fish, and poultry lie below fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and plant-based proteins, and then steak sits at the very bottom. Other red meat and processed meats were completely removed from the pyramid altogether, including bacon, pepperoni, and deli meats. Instead, they now sit in a separate section: a red small circle of foods recommended to avoid.

The guide categorizes such meats as being just as harmful as pizza, pop, chips, processed foods, french fries, desserts, and alcohol. Another interesting note is that it’s not just beer that’s sitting in this danger zone, it’s a glass of red wine, too.

Contrary to popular belief, a glass of wine per day isn’t necessarily healthy, especially if it’s a low-grade wine made with pesticide-ridden grapes. Belgians have been advised to eat these danger-zone foods “as little as possible.” Policymakers aren’t planning to make these products illegal any time soon, but unlike the U.S. and Canadian governments, they took a stand against the meat industry and are prepared to face the blowback from larger factory farming corporations.

“We want to make it clear that we don’t need these products,” a representative of the Flemish Institute of Healthy Life told Flanders Today. “We don’t forbid them, but they should be rather an exception than rule.”

You can check out the new Belgian food pyramid below:

So, why haven’t other governments followed suit? Well, many governments are sadly tied up with the meat and dairy industries. It seems that politicians would rather avoid upsetting big corporations than actually improving the health of their citizens. These huge corporations will gladly lobby the government until they get their way, and they have.

The Link Between Government and the Meat and Dairy Industries 

During World War 1, the U.S. government started producing mass amounts of canned milk so they could be shipped to troops overseas to fight malnutrition. After the war ended, demand for milk plummeted and the country was left with enough milk to feed an army (literally).

Instead of reducing production, the government decided they had invested too much money into expanding dairy operations to let it go to waste, so they started convincing consumers to buy more. “Milk education” became standard practice in schools, which was eventually extended throughout the entire nation by way of advertisements such as the multi-million dollar “Got Milk?” campaigns.

The USDA, the same governing body that creates dietary guidelines, also helps form partnerships with restaurants to develop dairy-heavy menus. Check out this video that elaborates on the government’s ties to the dairy industry.

The USDA has a similar relationship to the meat industry, which is clearly illustrated in the Food Guide Pyramid. The protein section of the pyramid only lists different animal products and nuts, completely omitting many plant-based protein sources. The USDA has heavy ties to many advertisements and campaigns encouraging consumers to purchase meat.

The U.S. government spends $38 billion annually to subsidize the meat and dairy industries, in comparison to only 0.04% of that on fruits and vegetables. If the government didn’t benefit from meat and dairy sales, our recommended intake of animal products would probably look a lot different.

It seems strange that our government would knowingly recommend we eat certain foods without disclosing the numerous studies that have proven that meat and dairy consumption can cause cancer, heart disease, obesity, and many more health complications.

Then again, we live in a society that’s largely driven by profit. You don’t have broccoli companies that can afford to lobby the government, and so you don’t see huge campaigns encouraging you to eat broccoli. This is why it’s crucial to do your own research, especially when it comes to the sources of funding.

Final Thoughts 

It’s pretty awesome that Belgium is encouraging people to eat more plant-based! We need more transparency about what a healthy diet looks like, and ultimately we still live in a world where a lot of people trust authority, namely their political systems. So, if the government is telling people what a healthy diet looks like, a lot of people will listen.

It’s crucial that we learn more about our bodies and how we can improve our health so we can progress as  a society. We cannot operate without our bodies, so it’s important that we take interest in how we can better our health.

To learn more about the harmful effects of meat and dairy, check out the following CE articles:

Internal Medicine Physician Shares What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat

7 Ways Milk & Dairy Products Are Making You Sick

Meat: We Don’t Need It, We’re Just Addicted To It

6 Vegan Cheats For Vegans & Meat Eaters Looking To Cut Back

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

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We’ve done this for a number of reasons, mainly due to the struggles we’ve had with regards to extreme censorship at Collective Evolution. We hope you join us over at The Pulse in our quest to keep doing what we do!

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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