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USDA Reveals New Food Plate Icon

Is the USDA's New Food Plate Better Than the Pyramid?

myplateWe waited with bated breath, and now that the USDA has unveiled its new food icon, what do you think? Replacing the 20-year-old pyramid, the plate is said to simplify all of the mixed information out there by breaking down nutrition requirements as a framework. The basic message is this: "make sure what is on your plate is balanced and healthy." Balanced meals should consist of servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and a small amount of dairy.

For a further detailed description, you can check out the USDA's breakdown of the plate here. Now it's time to share your thoughts on the plate. Do you think it will really make a difference?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
No need for dairy at all. Sadly, the government is swayed by the money of the meat/dairy industry. It's very political, so I take all of this stuff with a grain of salt. The plate is a little better, although sadly, most people I know rarely eat fruits and veggies with meals.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
My Plate:
vickyrae10 vickyrae10 6 years
I think that this is good for people who really don't know how to portion the different needs on their plate, but if you teach them from childhood the good and the bad and how much to eat then it wouldn't matter if you changed the pyramid or not. I don't like seeing people suffer from obesity but I also see that most of it is stupidity and laziness.
sillyone06 sillyone06 6 years
I think, while this still has some flaws in it, I think it's much better visually than the original food pyramid, and then the second one they came out with. It gives people who could be confused the chance to understand what they should be eating.
Too much emphasis on dairy. There is no need for dairy in the human diet, and I'm lactose intolerant, as many people are.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
I think it's better in that it changes the "one size fits all" mentality of all the "servings," but it still doesn't address the processed food problem that's a huge cause of American obesity!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Mama Pea's is much better :
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
I think this gives the impression that every plate you eat has to be full to the max. Also, I don't think dairy has to be included in every meal, for example, broccoli has a ton of calcium.
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