What is the Difference Between The USDA Food Guide Pyramid & The Hauser Diet Monkey Food Pyramid?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a Food Guide Pyramid that gives dietary guidance for all Americans. While it encourages individualized diets through different amounts of calories and servings, it recommends the same proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fruit/vegetables, dairy for all Americans.

It emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. It includes lean protein items and groups them together as lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Lastly, it encourages diets that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

These guidelines were created as an answer to the growing problem of overweight and obese Americans. And we know that many Americans do try to eat low fat, they may even be afraid of fat, yet they continue to gain weight.

The rate of obesity is still increasing and showing no signs of decreasing. A recent survey showed an upward trend in the number of obese Americans – in fact this number had doubled in the last 30 years!

The Hauser Diet team believes that all diets should be individualized, and not just by the number of calories and servings – the actual proportions of macronutrients needs to be individualized for each and every person.

As a MONKEY, how does your diet differ?

Well, it’s actually quite similar. Let’s take a look at the different categories:


People who are placed on the Monkey diet are usually slow or normal oxidizers, meaning they use carbohydrates quite well. Complex carbohydrates are always emphasized and simple carbohydrates need to be kept to a minimum. Monkeys also tend to have alkaline or normal blood pH. The high complex carbohydrate content of the Monkey Diet works to keep the pH in balance.

Fruits and Vegetables:

One major difference with the Hauser Diet is that it separates fruits and vegetables. While most dietary guidelines combine the two, it makes more sense to separate them since they have different amounts of natural sugar and different effects on the body. Fruit has more natural fructose, a sugar that can break down quickly and exacerbate a fast oxidizer. It will also cause the pH to become more acidic.

Vegetables on the other hand have less natural sugar and don’t affect the blood sugars in the same way that fruit does. On the Monkey diet, you will see that vegetables are encourages much more than fruit is.

Dairy Products:

Low-fat and fat-free dairy products are often recommended to be consumed three times per day. Dairy is at the top of the Hauser Diet Pyramid, meaning we don’t think everyone needs to guzzle down milk for healthy bones. Keeping you blood pH balanced, exercising with weights, and eating dark green leafy vegetables will help with your bone health.

Protein Items:

Monkeys need lean protein to keep their blood pH from rising too high to the alkaline side. Since they are either normal or slow oxidizers, too much protein will cause them to feel sluggish because their body will break down these foods slowly and energy production will be delayed. Monkeys need a small amount of lean protein throughout the day to feel their best.


While the Hauser Diet agrees that all trans-fat should be avoided, all other natural-occurring types of fat are ok. Monkeys do need to keep a low fat diet, but buying “fat-free” and “low-fat” products is out of the question – way too many chemicals and added sugar. Monkeys should follow a diet that is naturally low in fat through plenty of complex carbohydrates and vegetables.

So the next time you see dietary guidelines that encourage one recommendation for all people, be wary! We have seen numerous success stories from people who have chosen to eat right for their diet type – and oftentimes this means going against what everyone else is doing. But if the number of overweight and obese people continues to rise, don’t you want to be going against the grain? If you haven’t had Diet Typing yet, give us a call or make an appointment online and we will get you started!

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