USDA Food Pyramid Is Out

It was brought to everyone’s attention that the Food Pyramid, which was the icon for healthy eating, has now changed to a plate.


I think that this is a wonderful idea.  For me, it shows exactly should be on my plate for a complete meal.  The pyramid was all right but I feel that the visual effect of the plate will boost better eating habits.  The plate works in various ways.  One being that it shows you the specifics of what you should be eating.  Two: there is room for your own portion control.  You will have to learn how to control your portions but at least you will have a guide on what to eat.  Is this better than the pyramid?  The pyramid used to give you the advice on the servings you should have each day but every person’s diet is different.  A lot of people that I have talked to who are “watching what they eat” try to steer clear from carbs.  I hear so much about staying away from carbs that I am starting to think they are evil.  So, why are they at the bottom of the food pyramid with a recommended 6-11 servings a day?  How are you supposed to stay away from them when health specialists and nutritionists recommend 6-11 servings per day?  This is where people get confused because it is not just the “Grain Group” that are filled with carbs.  It’s every food group.  Instead of not eating bread for a month, you should really just look into controlling your portions.

Oh, just a side note, even though the pyramid has changed to a simpler guide to eating healthy, this doesn’t mean that the exercise stops.  YOU MUST EXERCISE!


Michelle Obama explained this plan and change of food icons which is called “My Plate.”  She had stated that parents don’t have time to physically measure out 3 oz. of meat but they should definitely have time to at least look at what they’re child is eating on their plate.  The portions that are set up on “My Plate” are not as complex as the pyramid seemed to be.  Obesity has been rising in unhealthy levels so the plate icon will hopefully change that.


Do you think that they should stick with the pyramid or the plate?


6 Responses to “USDA Food Pyramid Is Out”
  1. syd says:

    Love it, Love it, Love it !!!

  2. Sara says:

    Looks more appealing as a plate!!!

  3. David says:

    Great article!!! Plate idea looks more appealing!!!!!

  4. David says:

    Great article!!! Plate idea looks great !!

  5. Suzanne says:

    Picture of the plate makes people more aware of what amount to eat!! Thanks ; ) : ) : )

  6. Krystal says:

    Love the plate idea, but where is the “small amount of Good Fat/Oil” that our body needs? Americans need to know which fats/oils are actually good for us. A car can’t run without oil, nor can all the moving parts of our bodies, but its a small amount.

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