MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid


Organic Products Retailer News – June 8, 2011

MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid; Nutrition Experts Weigh in

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. The intent of introducing the new generation icon is to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.

“For years its just been assumed that people did not know what to eat,” noted Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, LMT, an ayurvedic practitioner. “The focus has been on a balance of nutrients attained by generally adhering to the pyramid concept of proportions of types of foods. Now it is clear, with obesity clearly correlating with leading causes of death, that people do not know how much to eat either. Also, the food pyramid has been altered in so many ways to suit different trends in nutrition. There are all kinds of different versions.”

While MyPlate is a step in the right direction, some believe it may not be enough, because it leaves much up to interpretation.

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