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Based on the book, "Maximum Irony," this scientific lecture describes a quantitative nutritional theory which suggests deficiencies in the US government's approach to nutrition. The book also contains a quantitative nutritional analysis of foods (based on total essential nutrients per calorie) in the USDA database, with tables of the top twenty five most nutritious foods, the most nutritious food groups, and a new food pyramid.

In this quantitative nutritional model, the more nutritious a food group, the more weight it has in the pyramid. Whole grains, long the base of the USDA pyramid, are at the top of the new pyramid because whole grains are the least nutritious whole food group. Fish and meats are more prominent in this pyramid because they pack more nutrition per calorie than seeds, nuts, legumes, dairy, fruit, and whole grains. Only vegetables, the base of the new food pyramid, have more nutrition per calorie than fish and meats.

The book, "The Square Meal Diet," extends this thesis, providing a practical solution to our health problems that involves only small changes to our current diet and exercise habits.

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