Pyramid Makes Way For Plate As Healthy Eating Symbol

Goodbye, pyramid, hello "My Plate." The U.S. Agriculture Department has unveiled its new symbol for healthful eating.

The new guide is a plate divided into four slightly different-sized divisions. Fruits and veggies take up half the space, with grains and protein making up the other half. Next to the plate is a blue circle for dairy -- which could represent a glass of milk or a food like cheese or yogurt.


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  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    This "plate" is slightly less ridiculous than the pyramid, which was forcing people to eat carbs like crazy (carbs and sugars make us obese- it's not about the fats we eat- its about the fats we store in our cells, that's mediated by sugars).
  • by Registered Dietitian Location: NENC on Jun 3, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    The American Plate concept has been around for years...This is nothing new.I am glad that they have finally simplified healthy eating...All foods fit...it is when you eat or drink anything in excess that you put yourself at risk for obesity and the host of disease states accompany over indulgence. We as a nation are eating ourselves to death.
  • by B Location: Gville on Jun 3, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    2 mill. down the toilet to come up with it. How much is Michell gonna spend to promote it?
  • by my plate Location: it'll do on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Hummm, how about a grilled T-bone or two and some cold watermellon.
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    I looked at the plate at length, but, I did not see the cheeseburger section, how boring.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    Personally I like it. I know a lot of otherwise smart folks who just don't get it when it comes to health and nutrition. Kind of like Dr. Ozzie on the first post. I also don't know about the 2 million price tag but I am pretty sure this represents time and effort spent at the USDA and NIH regardless of whether this was produced or not. In other words they are not going to stop working on their stated mission and goals as long as they have funding. Their budget this year was set and this was part of the work for the year as it has been since the USDA began.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    You know what's so stupid about this is that they're trying to teach kids about healthy eating like they really care. What kid likes veggies? And the other totally dumb part about this is what kid in America has control of the type/quality of food they eat? Ask any 9 year old, they want pizza and ice cream for every meal cause the healthy stuff sucks! The parents control the diet of the kids, that's why this is the biggest waste of time ever since folks can only buy what they can afford, and that usually means unhealthy quick food.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 3, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    Ahhh....if you are too fat....you probably know that already. You also...know how you did it. I am yet to meet someone say they got fat by accident...2 million dollars....that could have been a lot of hamburgers....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    How ridiculous. My child could have drawn this for free in about 2 minutes and saved the tax payers 2 million.
  • by Fran on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:26 AM
    And it only cost us the taxpayers 2 million dollars to get this chart.
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