Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Food Pyramid Icon to be Replaced
    Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
    The USDA announced today in an exclusive interview with WebMD that the long-running food pyramid icon will be replaced on June 2nd .

    The debut of the new icon will mark the beginning of an increased effort to bring attention to the recently updated USDA/HHS dietary guidelines.

    Check out the story and then visit the Food and Cooking community to take our poll .
    Tomato05 responded:
    Looking forward to seeing this improved version.

    I find it a bit ironically that their new guidelines all talk about the food on your plate (portions, half fruit and veg, etc.). All of that is true of course, and very sensible.

    However, I think the main problem for most people (me too) are those foods that don't go onto any plate! Candy, crisps, cookies, etc.

    My meals are wonderfully healthy, balanced, colourful, low-fat, etc. (not low sodium though). But what I eat in between those healthy meals (candy on no plate!) have caused the needle on the scale to creep up.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Tomato05's response:
    That is interesting Tomato! If everyone had to sit and eat off a plate at a table (no TV!), our obesity problems would be less!

    You said "crisps" - you must not be "local" (in the US)

    Tomato05 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Haylen - true, the "crisps" gave me away! I am not in the USA, but in Australia.

    I also work with metric measures like kilograms, kilometers, so have to convert all the time when I come here. I also have to remember 'candy', not sweets,' cookies,' not biscuits, 'cilantro', not coriander, etc.!

    Anyway, yes, I think the Food Pyramid Guideline should focus also on the non-plated items!
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Tomato05's response:
    A visit to your country - on my bucket list! And I'll have to have some crisps and sweets when I get there....



    Helpful Tips

    Olive oil versus Canola oilExpert
    Both oils contain healthy monounsaturated fats but canola actually has less saturated fat than olive oil. Canola is more versatile for ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    238 of 283 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Everyday Fitness - Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

    Achieve a better mind-body balance and live a healthier life with tips from wellness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.