Out With the Food Pyramid, In With the Food Plate

Thanks Michelle Obama! It looks like the food pyramid has finally been removed. The food pyramid was such an incorrect guideline for eating habits, I’m surprised it survived as long as it did. The base of the pyramid was all pasta and bread. Way off.

Now we have been given the food plate. I can absolutely say it is a step up from from the pyramid, but it still contains key mistakes. One aspect that I do like is how it is a nice visual for people to reference. The plate serves as a nice comparison for any individual when considering their own dinner plate. Secondly, I would say that the ratios are mostly correct. However, I suppose that this is also my first critique. Personally, I think the grains section is still a little large. People can consume plenty of healthy carbohydrates through fruits and vegetables, therefore, grains do not even need to be standard. The truth is, grains are just hugely popular. Asking someone to remove breads or pastas from their diet is close to impossible. But, as I tell my patients, try to keep them as a side dish and make it whole grain. My second critique is the dairy. I don’t really understand why it is even in the picture at all. Granted, yes, most people take in dairy products every day and I won’t stop you, but this should not be considered a staple food group for every meal. The dairy industry must have some great lobbyists.

In the end, the food plate does look better than the pyramid by far, but it is important to remember that it is still just a guideline. As every individual is different and requires different amounts of nutrients based on gender, age, activity level, physical health, etc., these values need to change. In all honesty, the 3 meals per day rule is far outdated anyway. But that was covered in my last blog.

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