25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

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The Food Pyramid goes bonkers
Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

2005 | The Food Pyramid goes bonkers

The original USDA Food Pyramid, introduced in 1992, was fairly clear: Eat more of the food on the bottom than the top. So, the government gets busy and makes it much less clear with a baffling 2005 version. One side has an inexplicable staircase with people climbing up it, and a pile of food at the bottom. The tagline is "Steps to a Healthier You." Pyramid power is scrapped in 2011 and replaced with the much-clearer "My Plate" design.

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