1. This is exactly why I got angry in my nutrition class today. There was no acknowledgment about whole, organic, natural foods or properly prepared anything.

  2. Labelling raw milk as better than pasteurized is dangerous. I have a friend who is both a doctor and the daughter of a dairy farmer and this is one of her pet hates. Pasteurizing helps rid your milk of potentially dangerous bacteria which can be especially harmful to pregnant women and children. You should be very careful in telling people raw milk is ‘better’ than pasteurized.

    I also object to ‘margarine’ being placed in the ‘bad’ category when ‘margarine’ is a very broad term used for products made from different things. You get margarine made from canola oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, and sometimes with buttermilk added too. Some do belong in the ‘bad’ section, for sure, but some varieties are far healthier than others.

    Also this doesn’t address the place of tinned or snap-frozen vegetables, fruit, beans etc. These are a common item in many households and should be listed somewhere (by my understanding, they are just as healthy as fresh, but a lot of people don’t realise that – in fact some things like kidney beans are better bought tinned than fresh because if they are not prepared properly from fresh they can become toxic).

  3. This is absolutely, hands down the BEST resource I’ve seen like this. It’s amazing.

  4. A practical guide to eating, at last!

  5. According to this, I should be dead.

  6. Clover Goldngreen

    But I hate when there’s bones in my meat… Ugh, there’s no way to say that without it possibly being taken sexually.

  7. Thank you for this, it will be tremendously helpful! 🙂

  8. This is great! Thanks for doing this. I’ve been mulling around an idea like this for awhile, a handout for my patients. You just saved me alot of trouble! I couldn’t agree more. I think it’s important to do your best, not try to be perfect, which can create more stress and health problems than it solves.

  9. Thank you for making such a positive real food post. This is a fantastic graphic!

  10. Very nice. I think you should have mentioned oils with EFAs in them, such as flax seed oil, for the Fats section. Most people do not get enough EFAs in their diet or they get too much omega 6s.

  11. I’d like to share this and link back to you on my blog as well. Do I have your permission? Thanks!

  12. Why would farmed seafood be in the “good” category?

  13. Why is boneless skinless meat listed in the bad category? Is it bc most of that meat comes from factory farms? I don’t hardly eat meat anymore, but am curious.

  14. Eating some of the local fish here can be bad the tuna coming out of San Diego are showing radiation from Japan.

  15. This is great! Thank you!! Proud to say I do my best 9 out the 10:)

  16. I hope you don’t mind if I use this in my own blog. This is fantastic.

  17. Thank you! This infographic is FANTASTIC!

  18. Is there a printable version of this chart that could fit on one page…like a simple spreadsheet?

  19. What an AWESOME guide! Thank you!

  20. This is wonderfully helpful. Thank you!

  21. This is exactly why I got angry in my nutrition class today. There was no acknowledgment about whole, organic, natural foods or properly prepared anything. Sure eating a cup of doll fruit gives you fruit…but its wasted calories and nutrition because of all the sugar. Infuriating!

    • Carly,
      I’m afraid to inform you, if you don’t know already, that the dietary associations are friendly with groups whose intent is to promote products, not nutrition. For a simple example, the American Dairy Association is very pleased with what dietitians say about their products. This even when consumption of a lot of dairy is a known trigger for cancer. Dietary associations end up being the peddlers of other associations and industries that are trying to have more of their products sold, e.g., eggs, milk, beef, pork, etc. What we know as scientific fact, however, is that diet is one of the greatest contributors to trigger cancer. How do we know this? At the very least, “The China Study” clearly illustrates that diet impacts cancer rates. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), we get conflicting messages from those who are telling us what is good for us. But, we certainly shouldn’t make nutrition decisions based on information from, or studies funded by, the very industries that produce products. The AICR says we shouldn’t believe all we hear from them because, “it’s never been clearer that the very same healthy changes that prevent heart disease, diabetes and strokes also prevent many cancers. It’s been shown in study after study, year after year.”

      If you’re going to practice nutrition professionally, I high recommend you get your hands on “The China Study” to be able to help your clients and patients. It is the most comprehensive examination of the effects of diets on actual humans over a long term and on a very large population.

  22. I love this! What a great visual and cool to see how my own journey to real foods has progressed! 🙂

  23. Nice one! (Y)