Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Food Plate

by in News, June 2nd, 2011
usda food plate
Photo: USDA.gov

Today, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama introduced MyPlate, the updated version of the American nutrition guide — the food pyramid.

The new diet incorporates these seven key messages:

Balancing Calories:
1. Enjoy your food, but eat less.
2. Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase:
3. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
4. Make at least half your grains whole grains.
5. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce:
6. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals — and choose the foods with lower numbers.
7. Drink water instead of sugary drinks

[via choosemyplate.gov]

For more on MyPlate, visit Healthy Eats.

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Comments (16)

  1. dbs says:

    MyPlate may become popular, but it is not even as good as the original layered food pyramids (MyPyramid was a bad joke from the get-go). Why? While all of these give bad advice and should not be taken seriously by people truly concerned about good health, at least the layered pyramid showed all of the thing we consume — "bad" as well as "good". MyPlate is information lite — showing only what the food police consider "good" but providing no specifics within the graphic itself. Think of it as a "Smiley Face".

    The original pyramid mentioned sugars, fats, specific meats, and other useful useful information. Sure the USDA's arrangement of these items was obscene, but at least they were mentioned. So savvy individuals could rebalance according to their own nutritional guidelines — mine would be to virtually eliminate the grains and sugars (carbs); go heavy on saturated fats, fat-rich dairy products, eggs, and fatty meats and fish; fruits and veggies OK but not essential; alcohol in moderation.

    The new graphic is useless fluff! This from someone who years ago stopped believing the FDA, USDA, Big Medicine, and others whose misinformation is a major reason why Americans are so nutritionally deficient.

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