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Keeping up with trends is a near impossible task in the ever-changing world, particularly in both the skin care and health care industries. As consumers and estheticians or spa owners, we are constantly bombarded with conflicting information on what we should/shouldn’t eat
as well as should/shouldn’t use on our skin. A perfect
example of this is the evolution of the food pyramid (see
Food Pyramids 1970s vs. Today).
A PYRAMID MAKEOVER
When comparing the food pyramid of the 1970s
to today, you will notice that fats remained at the
top of the triangle for a number of years, signifying
that humans should limit their fat intake as much
as possible to maintain a healthy diet. You will also
notice that grains were at the base of the triangle and
promoted as the primary staple of a healthy diet.
While it may be true that we should limit unhealthy
fats (trans-fats), this idea was applied as a blanketed
rule to all fat consumption. As a result, fat intake
lowered and heart disease increased to the number one
killer in the United States. This was possibly due to the
fact that low-fat foods can have a higher sugar content.
When you combine this higher amount of sugar
(refined, simple carbohydrates) with the recommended
amount of grain intake (complex carbohydrates), the
The Skin (Food) Pyramid
BY BRIAN GOODWIN, ÉMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE