The New Food Groups

Whether we’re talking about the antiquated Four Food Groups or the ever-changing Food Pyramid, there has always been an embarrassing amount of inaccuracy surrounding anything our government has put forth as a sound barometer for nutrition.  (And you don’t have to be a genius to figure out why!)

So, in preparation of several entries I’ll be doing this month about how to structure your eating regimen, take a look at what I like to refer to as The New Food Groups:


Obviously, there is much to talk about regarding the types and amounts of foods to integrate from each group.  But, just as a quick-glance overview, you can begin to get an idea of how much (or how little) of these various groups you might currently be getting.

More soon…


About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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7 Responses to The New Food Groups

  1. Trevor says:

    As a primary school teacher, I wonder how long before something like this will be the accepted nutrition model to present to the kids.

  2. Lisamarie says:

    I LOVE this chart!! 🙂

  3. trinty elsie says:

    thanks bobby for the great info…this is what we have been waiting on so we can eat more like the “rock.”

    trinity and elsie
    midland, tx

  4. Bobby Rock says:

    Trevor –

    Should be an acceptable model sometime in the next 500 years.


    I’m a cynical bastard, I know…

    Seriously, the next step will be when they reluctantly present this as an acceptable “alternative.” However, sometime in the next 30 to 40 years (in my opinion), animal products will be viewed as an unsustainable, “potentially dangerous” food choice and, at best, folks will be encouraged to use them sparingly.

    Remember, it was only a few decades ago when doctors were recommending certain brands of cigarettes.

    It’s coming people…I’m telling you.


  5. Lisamarie says:

    I sure hope you’re right, Bobby! I know I’d love to live long enough to see at least SOME kind of a vegan revolution here; right now doctors and even some dieticians, it frustrates and GETS me to the core to say, are still telling their patients to eat meat and dairy products, including their vegetarian/vegan patients!
    I think educating the nutritionists and dieticians would be a good first step toward this–we need to start making COMPLETE, honest, unbias training in nutrition a REQUIREMENT for all people entering the medical/dietary field. Of course I realize that may be difficult, seeing that mainly the reason nutrition courses center around the SAD is because they are funded by the meat & dairy industries-or at least that’s what someone who works in vegan fitness once told me.
    But I also DO notice there are alot more articles coming out now in mainstream media about the benefits of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lentils, and nuts than there used to be, which is encouraging.
    So who knows–maybe the chart above-or something very similar to it-may become a reality sooner than we think–we can only hope so!

  6. Christine says:

    The current food pyramid ( does not take into account growth of the earth’s population. Currently we have about 6.7 billion people. Some estimates say it will double in the next 40 years. How can the earth sustain itself with it’s current pyramid? We all know with a vegan diet uses less resources. I don’t think humanity (in the long term sense) stands a chance if we don’t change our food pyramid. I appreciate the forward thinking in Bobby’s “new food groups”. Every choice we make makes a difference – baby steps.

  7. Bobby Rock says:

    Christine –

    Yes…it will be interesting to see whether it will be the unsustainable nature of animal agriculture or the resultant health crisis of eating these foods that incites the most radical changes first. Both WILL eventually factor in, though…


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