The food pyramid is now a plate. Will it help you eat healthier?


June 2, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Remember that pesky food pyramid we learned about in elementary school?

It’s time to forget all of that.

First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a new infographic on suggested dietary guidelines this morning. Behold, the “MyPlate“:

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The USDA is now giving us a plate to better visualize the food groups we should eat daily. You can find more about the plate here. Once you get to the site, you can click on each food group to learn more about how much you should eat and examples of food in that group.

You can also read more about previous food pyramids and what critics think of this new graphic at the New York Times.

The plate is a better visual tool for me than the pyramid ever was. Pyramids are fun and all, but I always got confused when I worked my way up to meats and dairy. Thumbs up from me, USDA.

2 thoughts on “The food pyramid is now a plate. Will it help you eat healthier?

  1. Interesting. I like the concept. Just wish they would make the grains portion smaller to give more room for greens. You really don’t need that much fruit every meal either. Great concept but the USDA is still a bit off when it comes to “true” health.

  2. […] the MyPlate, before the food pyramid, there was the food wheel that helped guide Americans on eating […]

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