MyPlate represents a significant improvement over the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.
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The pyramid has been replaced by the plate. Thursday, June 2, 2011, the First Lady unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices…
And indeed, which do you think is more helpful in terms of figuring out what to eat when you sit down at a meal. This? or, This?
Nutritionists have expressed concern that Americans might equate protein with meat (or think dairy doesn’t include soymilk), but the USDA defines the protein group as including beans and peas, soy products, nuts and seeds, and specifically highlights beans and peas as unique foods, as they count towards both protein and the vegetable group. It's like a two for one deal.
And I don't know if you caught it, but if you rewind, our Secretary of Agriculture appears to be saying next time you sit down for a meal, before you eat… make sure you include in your diet a centerpiece of fruit, and, random bottles of pharmaceutical drugs?
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.
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Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on dietary guidelines and industry influence as well as today's blog Dietary Guideline graphics. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!
For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Dietary Guideline Graphics: From the Food Pyramid to My Plate, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM’s Power Plate.