This article popped up a few months ago in the November 2011 Food Network Magazine and gave me quite a good laugh. I like cookies and sweets as much as the next person (ok, maybe more) but did you know they used to be actual USDA approved FOOD GROUPS?!?
Check out the shabbily scanned article from November's magazine. Pretty interesting what the government used to advocate. A diet of bread, milk and plain cookies in the early 1900's. And then a revised version that made butter it's own food group in the 1940's.
It's interesting to see the way our society has developed over the past 100 years. And how far we still have to go!