Installment two of “Wise Words of Wisdom from Betty”…
I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t record Betty’s mid-20th century version of the food pyramid. Broken down into seven categories, here it is:
Green and Yellow Vegetables: One or more servings a day. Necessary for normal growth [what’s that?], good skin condition, and to prevent night blindness [?????].
Oranges, Tomatoes, and Grapefruit: One or more servings a day of any one of the citrus fruits, tomatoes, raw cabbage, or salad greens. Essential for healthy connective tissue, strong and elastic blood vessels, and to prevent bleeding gums [I’d never heard that one before.]
Potatoes and Other Vegetables and Fruits: Two or more servings a day. Necessary for growth and normal function of the body.
Milk and Milk Products: Milk may be skim or whole, dry or liquid, evaporated or condensed [ew.] Builds strong bones and teeth.
Meat, Poultry, Fish and Eggs: One serving of meat, poultry, or fish daily. Liver once a week [ew double ew.] Occasionally dried beans or peas can be substituted for meat [but only occasionally!!!] At least 3 or 4 eggs a week per person. Better to have an egg each day. Normal rate of growth and repair of body.
Bread, Flour, and Cereals: Three or more servings a day. Energy and normal growth, healthy nervous system and skin, stimulate appetite [HAHA. I don’t know many folks who need their appetite stimulated.]
Butter and Fortified Margarine: [Yes, this is an actual FOOD GROUP.] Use for a spread and in cooking. These fats contribute food values other than calories. [They do??? What are the other food values they contribute?] Promotes growth [width-wise, I’m guessing?] Builds resistance to disease. [That’s it people! I just discovered the cure to this flu epidemic. EAT MORE MARGARINE!]