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The Pyramid Has Crumbled! See "My Plate" for New USDA Guidelines
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
Earlier today, the USDA unveiled the new "My Plate" icon that replaces the out-dated food pyramid.

This will be the beginning of an increased effort to bring more attention to the recently updated USDA/HHS Dietary guidelines. The colorful plate is a much simpler visual guide to how much of each food group we should eat on a daily basis. For your convenience, WebMD has designed a printable version of the plate for our members. We hope you'll print it out and hang it on your fridge and also share it with your friends and family.

Be sure to read the full story here -- USDA Ditches Food Pyramid for Healthy Plate .

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Elaine Magee, MPH, RD responded:
Time will tell if this is helpful to American families. I'm not sure why orange was picked to represent the grain category. I might have gone with brown since getting past "the brown" is part of switching to whole grains and whole grain breads as much as possible.
EricE_MA responded:
Yeah. I'm not impressed. As a nutrition educator, while the 2005 pyramid had problems, it was at least useful for stimulating some important conversations. The plate is simplified to the point of not being a particularly useful teaching tool; it doesn't have anything to stimulate many important nutrition topics.
Tomato05 replied to EricE_MA's response:
I agree with you Eric. It's really "dumbing down"! Maybe a good tool to use in primary school.

It doesn't address the intake of healthy fats, for example. I think the grain portion is too big too (but that's probably a personal preference), and that the protein and grain size should be swopped. The fruit and veg already supply a lot of carbs, so no need to boost it to that extent as well with grains.

And it doesn't take into account snacks (which is really the tricky part) - it doesn't work for what you eat in between all those healthy meals.

It's veg portions could also mislead in that people may think 1/2 cup of veg is all the veg they need three times a day.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
WebMD commented on the plate with suggestions and options for meals with this printable pdf.

I would like to see the plate include number of servings and amount/portion sizes built in.

I missed the dairy portion the first couple times I looked at it!

Interested in what others think,
slanoue responded:
It's a good idea; about time they did this...for me, personally, though, I can't eat too many fruits or grains because of allergies and diabetes.

The only fruits I can really eat without making my blood sugar go up too high are apples, berries, peaches, and watermelon. I had to give up oranges, pineapple, and bananas. Sometimes I will eat half a banana if my blood sugar is really low.

Same thing with rice, most beans and most grains.

I am not a big fan of vegetables but trying to eat more in my diet and eat less dairy and fatty protein. Especially since I'm trying to lose 30 more lbs.


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