In 1995, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), submitted Recommended Revisions for Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 24 prestigious physicians were involved including Dean Ornish, John McDougall, Neal Barnard, and Benjamin Spock. While agreeing that those not wishing to eat vegetarian or vegan could certainly eat small amounts of animal products, basing the major part of one’s diet on the New Four Food Groups (NFFG) would have major benefits on human health. The NFFG contains no cholesterol and, with a few exceptions such as nuts and avocados, is low in fat content.

  • Whole Grain Group
  • Vegetable Group
  • Fruit Group
  • Legume Group

The Four Food Groups, Old and New. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, p. O. Box 6322, Washington, D, C. 20015, (202) 686-2210. www.PCRM.org )

Because they believed that the regular consumption of foods listed in the old USDA 1956 Basic Four food groups and in the USDA revised Food Guide Pyramid posed significant health risks, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) developed the New Four Food Groups in 1991:

  • Whole Grain Group
  • Vegetable Group
  • Fruit Group
  • Legume Group

(www.PCRM.org)

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