The Food Hourglass

Dr. Kris Verburgh came up with an alternative to the Harvard healthy eating plate that might be more practical for some who are attempting to alter their diet. The food hourglass is designed to visually display the types of foods one should be emphasizing and how to substitute them for less healthier foods that are commonly eaten.

Some people might immediately notice the absence of grains on this diagram. Dr. Verburgh advises against excess consumption of any form of carbohydrate for reasons that he details in his recent book, The Longevity Code. The only exception he includes is oatmeal porridge. However, I would allow for similar amounts of other grains that were prepared in very specific ways. Without getting into detail, I am referring to grain products that have been soaked, sprouted, fermented, or cultured.

That being said, I do agree with Dr. Verburgh that carbohydrates should only be consumed to the extent that one will actually be burning that energy within a relatively short period of time after consumption. Something to be very cognizant of is that most whole grains are not particularly high in fiber on a per gram basis. Exceptions include certain forms of barley and bulgur wheat. So, one is consuming excess carbohydrates that are not going to be burned and will then turn to fat. One is also generally consuming foods that are on the lower side of fiber, which may not leave room for an adequate amount of fiber-containing foods.

Here’s a version of the Food Hourglass courtesy of the Sunday Times: