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U.S. swaps pyramid for plate as guide for healthy eating

First Lady announces creation of MyPlate, replacing decades-old food pyramid


In response to rising rates of childhood obesity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the food pyramid nutritional diagram will be replaced by a simple plate. The idea is that the pyramid was too complex and that a plate diagram will be easier to understand. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made the announcement, asking: “when it comes to eating, what’s more simple than a plate?” Called MyPlate, half the diagram – which represents the portions of a recommended daily diet – is taken up by fruits and vegetables. The other two quarters of the plate consist of grains and protein, while a small circle symbolizing dairy products sits next to it like a glass of milk. The U.S.D.A. has already spent $2 million creating and promoting MyPlate. Some critics are saying the money could be better spent elsewhere.


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U.S. swaps pyramid for plate as guide for healthy eating

  1. Only the Americans could decide that a pyramid was ‘too complex.’

    And then spend $2M replacing it with a circle.

    • Right on both counts LOL

      Nevertheless, the dinner plate is a much more accurate representation of the information being presented. I like it.

      • Heh…what gets me is that they haven’t changed anything…it’s still meat, potatoes and vegetables with bread and a dish of ice cream….like it was in the Canada food rules back in the 1940s.

  2. The good thing about the dinner plate is that it gives you portion representation for vegetables v. starches and protein, in a visual guide that even those who don’t read or speak English can understand readily.  Very good idea.

    • Agreed.  It’s a good visual.

  3. The grain portion should have been smaller and
    an addition of a glass of water would have helped in slimming them down. 
    Why not spend those two million promoting and encouraging children to play
    outside instead of sitting in front of a computer, TV, and electronic game
    pads.  It seems like this plate visualization pushes children and adults’
    attention towards eating. As I looked at those colorful picture, my mouth
    waters and my stomach started growling – as I had forgotten to eat my snacks.

    • Or, you could just take the iPad or computer outside

  4. Me thinks ‘thunder thighs’ should take her own advise.