Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Plate

The Food Pyramid is history. Enter, The Plate. The new food icon, introduced today by First Lady Michele Obama, is split into four sections: fruits, vegetables, grains and protein with a side plate of dairy. The idea being that it will be easier for busy parents to use it as a visual guideline when it’s time to feed the kids and themselves…it provides a clearer picture of what a healthy plate of food should look like.

Evidently the pyramid was not effective as 68% of American are now considered over weight or obese. First Lady Michelle said, “As long as [our plates are] half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we're golden. That's how easy it is."

So, what did you eat tonight? Did it reflect the plate?


  1. misleading and politically influenced chart. A step above the pyramid, but grossly inaccurate and a dangerous cookie cutter approach that is not healthy for most. A McDonald's meal could easily be rationalized according to this chart. Where's the healthy fats? Why is dairy edging itself in? FAIL!

  2. I absolutely agree 100% with Pranalisa. Also, far more effective would have been a real visual of real food.