Yesterday the Agriculture Department released its new food guidelines. The guidelines no longer come in the form of a food pyramid, rather the recommendations are now referred to as My Plate.
I for one am happy about the direction the recommendations are moving. While “My Plate” is not perfect (there is still dairy as a side dish), I believe it is a huge improvement. I am also thrilled that the new pyramid does not even mention sugars, fats or oils, which will hopefully reinforce the fact that those food items should be considered treats and not part of regular meals (unless the come in the form of whole unprocessed foods). I also find it refreshing that My Plate merely states “Protein” rather than “Meat and Beans” meaning that the category can now encompass more vegetarian options such as tofu.
What I like most is the fact that My Plate is simple. Nutrition has gotten so confusing in recent years (low-carb, low-fat, fat-free, high-protein, etc.) that I think even the most well-intentioned people have a hard time trying to figure out what to eat. People can look at My Plate and better understand what their meals should look like.
Hopefully some day soon we will be able to convince the Agriculture Department that the The “Power Plate” (pictured above) created by The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine should be the next guideline rolled-out to Americans…that would be amazing!
My Plate image courtesy of USDA.gov
Power Plate image courtesy of PCRM.org