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Dietary Guidelines: Progressing From Pyramid to Plate

MyPlate represents a significant improvement over the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

November 7, 2011 |
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The pyramid has been replaced by the plate.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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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

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.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    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!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/JanaNielson/ Jana Nielson

    That is SERIOUSLY odd. What message are they trying to send/hide there? If you eat a balanced Plate, then you will need to take your daily medication to fix things your diet can’t? Hmmmmm.

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

      I know–isn’t that crazy?

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/veguyan/ Veguyan

    And they make the pills look like candy!

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/GalaChristen/ Gala Christen

      They don’t look like supplements. Yes, they are colorful capsules of drugs, without labels! Who would set up the scene like that, and why? It’s not accident. What that says is so strange and scary for us.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/louisef/ LouiseF

    I love how they keep picturing fruits and vegetables, but subsidize dairy and animal flesh to an obscene amount. Hypocrites!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/NouhAlaoui/ Nouh Alaoui

    Ohh my God, I didn’t see the small battles of drugs!!!!
    Very funny.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/DaletHamby/ Dalet Hamby

    hahahha, I love all your videos, but the way you did the edit in the end of this one is priceless!!! I love it.. keep up the good work

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/lisa21012/ Lisa21012

    I think they are salt and pepper shakers.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/DevinBousquet/ Devin Bousquet

    The drugs were the first things I saw. I was thinking to myself “what the hell?”. Then you called it out. Perfect.

  • Michael Greger M.D.
  • Beng645

    Dear Dr. Greger I have been diagnosed with Ulcerated Colitisand treated with Asacol 5.7g/day Is there a reason to hope that a plant based nutrition can treat this condition without aggravating it farther? Benjamin

  • jonithomas

    Dr. Greger-

    First question: is there any less harm to our cells/bodies if the meats that we eat are certified organic, grain fed, hormone free?

    Second question: one of your ‘meat is bad for you’ graphics illustrate that it is the chemical pollutants in the grass that the cows eat that make the meat more toxic…well isn’t that same thing true for vegetables? The same environmental effects and toxins impact the vegetables as well as the grass that the cows are eating?

    Specifically, what is wrong with eating beef and chicken that has NO hormone or chemical toxins used ? If one were to eat meat what would the cleanest/best meat be to eat?

    We have used organically raised/fed, hormone free chickens to make broth for treatment of colds etc. with great success. After watching your videos, we are now prepared to eat strictly vegetarian but would like to know the answers to questions above first.

    Thanks for the ‘enlightening’ information!

  • CalvinLeman1

    Dairy and protein are not on my plate.

  • Lexy Roller Ⓥ

    Dr Greger, do you have a recommendation for the percentage of the 4 vegan food groups (Grains, Legumes, Veg, Fruit) we should be eating? e.g 50% veg, 30% grains etc. Or how many servings of each we need?
    I saw something that said vegans need 8 servings of grains (4 cups) but only 4 of veg (1 cup), that seems backwards to me. Cheers, Lexy

    • Toxins

      I think the general recommendation is to eat complex carbohydrate based meals (brown rice, whole wheat, beans, sweet potatoes, etc) with other veggies mixed in and fruits to snack on as well. The easiest way to follow a whole foods plant based lifestyle is not to regiment it.

    • Skeptic

      Some groups focus entirely on fruits and non-starchy veggies and have excellent outcomes. Grains are relatively low in nutrients compared to fruit and veggies. I try to limit whole grains to 2 cups a day and pile on the phyto-nutrient rich alternatives. Dr Joel Fuhrman’s website discusses this approach.

  • barbarabrussels

    Well spotted doc, lol!