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Jun. 2, 2011
So Long Food Pyramid, Hello MyPlate
Without a whole lot of fan-fair or heavy anticipation, the USDA launched their new tool to replace the age-old symbol known as the Food Guide Pyramid. What is the new symbol? Behold “the plate,” or MyPlate.

Clean and simple AND it actually relates to food (sense my sarcasm). The pyramid always exemplified, to me, an insurmountable mountain of nutrition intimidation and confusion. This is easier on the eyes and seems more attainable.

This change (from pyramid to plate) is just one check-off on the Public Policy sector’s to-do list in helping consumers make healthier choices. Also in line with the nutrition “watch-outs” and “assets,” I have talked about simple messages that follow the plate:

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.

  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.

  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.

  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

These messages are clear and are part of the public policy sector's work towards the reducing obesity and improving health through better food choices.

As an aside, there is an alternate perspective circulating among nutrition professionals that whole milk is perhaps the better choice. This recommendation has obviously not been fully accepted, but you will surely hear rumblings on the pros/cons for each side in the near future.

In good nutrition,
Posted by:
Tara, the RD
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