If you aren't already aware, the USDA has banished the Food Pyramid to the dark and musty corners of historical quaintness. You might wonder what is going to fill it's place as our guide through the strange and meandering paths of nutrition. Don't worry, they have given us a new hero to light the way and lead us to health. It is called.......... wait for it ......... MyPlate. Here it is in all it's glory.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ . There are some good sugestions on the site. Here are a few of them.
|●||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.|
It seems that the suggestions are good. I wonder how much money went into creating this as I could have come up with this graphic and the suggestions in 45 minutes. What I would like to see is some encouragement to get everyone to grow their own fruits and vegetables in order to limit our reliance on big business. I would also like to see an emphasis on teaching people how to form community gardens in order to make healthy foods available to those that often can't afford them.
In addition, how about we use the see through rule. If you rub your food on paper and it makes it clear, don't eat it. (Thanks Homer Simpson) Another problem with the food plate is the fact that I sometimes eat dinner from a bowl, and I also have square plates. How will I figure out how to divide my food when I am not eating off of a round plate?
What do you think about the new guidance from the USDA? Where would you like to see more/less emphasis.