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MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid As Serving Guide

June 10, 2011 by  

MyPlate replaces food pyramid as serving guideFor years, Americans have turned to the food pyramid as a tool to learn about the different food groups and serving sizes. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a simplified icon called MyPlate to help guide individuals on how to put together a balanced meal.

Rather than demonstrating a whole day’s worth of food, MyPlate represents a single meal and includes fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. Children may be quick to point out that it lacks a segment accounting for salty or sugary snack foods, a subset that previously sat atop the food pyramid.

“The new icon is simple and easy to understand, with more emphasis placed on fruits and vegetables,” said U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin. “This new tool can be a fun way to help individuals and families make healthier meal choices.”

The icon looks like a plate, half of it containing fruits and vegetables while the other half is occupied by a portion of grains that is slightly larger than the protein section. There is a circle that resembles a glass, which is marked “dairy.”

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  • Dan az

    Like I really need the guvmnt to tell me how to eat.Do they really think that we are just that dumb?What about the toy with every happy meal,I think they left that off on purpose don’t you?

    • Kinetic1

      Look at the numbers. 20% of kids 6-11 are obese. 18% of the 12-19 crowd are obese. 34% of adults aged 20 and over are obese. We’re not talking just over weight here, but Obese! So I’m glad to hear that you have it all under control, but let’s not forget that there is a real problem in our nation. It’s not all about you.

      • karolyn

        AMEN! Face it! There are millions of people who don’t have a clue. Look at all of those addicted to Mountain Dew in West Virginia. They actually have a term – “Mountain Dew Mouth” for the bad teeth.

      • JimH

        Kinetic1, Just because Dan gave you enough credit to think that you didn’t need the kind and benevolant Uncle big government to tell you how to eat,(his mistake) doesn’t mean you have to take it so personally.
        Good thing they are there to help you.

    • http://BobLivingston Sheldon

      Where is the pop and all the other good stuff like chips and breakfast cereal that contains more fat, sugar, and other stuff that was on the top of the last food pyramid. I think it would be better for the people who knows or think they know should put a caution tape on the store shelves of all the bad stuff. LOL

    • granny mae

      I liked that toy !!! I still have some of them around for little ones to play with when they come over, and I don’t care what they say I like the quarter pounder and I will eat one any time I want to. I bet I haven’t had one in two years . Hum, maybe I’ll get the grandson and just go get one tomorrow ! Sounds like a good idea to me !

      • Teresa Minton

        You Go Granny Mae!

        I am so sick of the government trying to tell me what to eat. If I want to take my grandkids to Mc Donalds for a meal, I really do believe that I am smart enough to pick them out a meal that won’t kill them. I just bet if you got a group of obese kids together they would tell you that Mc Donalds had nothing to do with their weight problem. The problem is…now wait…hold on…THEIR PARENTS! OH NO!!! OH YES!!! If the parents of these children who are genetically disposed to obesity would make smarter food choices for these kids, I just bet that most obese children would be of a healthy weight. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen fat parents with fat kids just shoving food down their pipes. It is obese parents who make obese children… Great role models these fat parents are…

        • Teresa Minton

          oops! that would be genetically pre-disposed…

    • Carol J

      Actually it’s just another way to waste our tax dollars

  • Mike Warren

    The original pyramid was intelligent and provided the necessary understanding of balanced foods. The “plate” is the stupidest rendition of intelligent thought I have seen since yesterday’s White House briefing. If you can not grasp the foundations of intelligence, White House, please leave my country.


    • ACPH

      No one will pay any more attention to Mechelle’s plate than they did to the pyramid. The only thing it accomplished was the wast of millions of our dollars by a woman who was not elected to anything and should stay out of our business.
      I think obama lets her do these things just to shut her up so he can get a little quite at home.

      • eddie47d

        Oh Please get off that rag. Every First Lady has a personal cause that she highlights. Nothing new there. Those pyramid /plates have been in school books decades ago so nothing new there either. Some of you love to complain about nothing but offer no solutions to the growing diabetic and obesity problem. Sure it’s your right to be a porker but we all pay dearly in higher health care costs. Besides it is only a guide line to encourage us to eat better or healthier. Apparently few pay attention anyway so give it a rest.

  • CRG

    Plate or pyramid? It doesn’t matter to me, but doing this costs us, the taxpayers, almost $2 million. Was it really necessary? Do you honestly think that all of the obese people will suddenly eat “right?”


      I wish they had asked me to design this new icon. I would have done it for $500,000 and saved them $1.5 mil.

      • Fran C

        Me too.

  • Dr. Emory

    First let’s state it like it is….WE DID NOT NEED THIS MICKEY MOUSE PIECE OF WORK.

    There are enough experts and doctors telling us every day what and how to eat. Why would the Agriculture Dept. dream of waisting my money in this way…well not the Ag Dept itself but my wonderfully thoughtful Congresspersons funded this trash.

    Just imagine how many under-norrished children and adults could have been given healthy meals with the money used for this gimmick. And in doing so would have helped many more people than this piece of “non-art work”.

    Shame on us all for allowing this stuff to continue.

    Yes, Doc Emory is in.

    • http://BobLivingston Sheldon

      The local school provides breakfast for the darling children and guess what it contains? a choice between count chocula or the vanilla version. Both full of sugar which kid cereals contain. Maybe a little oatmeal and bacon and eggs would be much better for the little brats.

      • Teresa Minton

        Yeah and now I have been hearing/reading that some school districts in the eastern parts of the country are making new rules that say children can no longer bring a luch from home.

        The govenment run schools think they can do a better job at feeding your children than you can. So instead of your nutritious homemade lunch,with some fresh fruit and fresh vegetables your children will be eating pizza and chicken nuggets and sloppy joes and tacos and other so called “healthy” food for lunch… So when all of these kids start to gain weight, there will be no one else to blame than our wonderful dept. of education… God help our children NOW!!!

        • Carol J

          When my brother’s grandchildren were living with them, he made their lunches. Always good nutrition. His granddaughter came home one day and told him her teacher had gone through the lunches and removed some of it saying it was improper nutrition. He went to the school, told the principal he was going to the classroom and tell the teacher to keep her hands off the girl’s lunch and off of her. He did it too. In the classroom in front of the whole class, told her she was a thief.

    • M T Webster

      I don’t really like the government taking over every aspect of our lives. “The plate” has been around for a while. Take a look at the Sonoma diet, it’s there. I have not read the newest from our brightest, but my doctor says everything in moderation is ok. What size plate are they encouraging us to use? We know when things are bad for us, it does not mean we will totally do away with them. If I indulge, I know I will pay the price. Common sense has all but been forgotten in today’s society.

  • ELL

    If you do any research at all, the western diet is a killer, white this white that and tons of additives and sugar. Do some research, the pyramid and plate are wrong and have been ever since it came out which is about the time Americans started having health issues. Hummmmmmmm. OH, and all that stuff about soy and cholesterol, soy=good, cholesterol=bad, that’s a crock too. GMO and antiboitic feed animals? Guess what you get a dose of every time you eat.

    • granny mae


      My grandfather lived to be 100 and had no teeth ! He ate what he wanted to and most of it was farm fresh as he lived on a farm. He ate real butter, drank whole milk loved cakes and pies and grandma was a baker so she had something for him every day. He ate fried foods which were fried in bacon grease or lard. Many times he told about being out in the field and it was lunch time so grandma would bring him out sandwiches made from home baked bread with lard and sugar on it. There was always plenty of milk to drink ! My father his son, died when he was 98 and he use to eat the same way when he was home on the farm. His eating habits were much better when he married my mother because mom was a great cook and was not rel big on using a lot of fat. However she did use lard and bacon grease and whole milk and butter ! They were all healthy in that way well into their 90′s except mom. She was a smoker and died in her late 60′s from lung cancer ! It was a real shame !

  • Richard Barrow

    I don’t get it.

    So one item is a pyramid and now it’s a plate.

    There is no breakdown on anything and it cost the TAXPAYERS MORE

    • granny mae

      YOU GOT IT !

  • i41

    The Onumnutts roping quarter horse mare Michelle, doesn’t realize this damn pyrmid bs, is a feedlot fattening ration that works like a dream on any mammal, being fattened for a slaughterhouse. ELL, the mega feed and mega meat companies ,like Dole, Tyson, Smithfeild, ADM, and Con-Ag all buy animals from private producers, but with the muslim marxist are planning to do away with private land ownership and vertically intergrate all grains and vegatable and meat producing, all controlled by the government. These mega companies then add in crap for foriegn countries that is greatly inferior and would have to be scrapped or made into livestock feed. The ecoli outbreaks conme from gathering scraps from several plants and grinding and mixing it all together. We should be importing food from foreign countries if the 30 nmillion acres of USA farm ground would be used to produce somethiing, besides 250,0000 dollar or more welfare payment for producing and doing nothing for over 3 decades, all on the taxpayers. This was a dumb plan created by dumbocrats in the 1980 to raise the price of grain,and still is promoted as a wildlife program that tax payer have to pay these landowners to hunt on the taxpayers rented ground We have several in Congress that milk the government on this hunting program

  • JimH

    The image depicting dairy is no where big enough to hold my icecream.
    I’ll put it it the fruit part when I make a strawberry sundae.


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