Paradigm Shift: Bye Food Pyramid - Hello MyPlate

There is a rethinking of dietary guidelines in the US right now. The good old, even in Germany still authoritative food pyramid is replaced by a new, more vivid scheme. In the US this is the second attempt to control the rising obesity of the population and to say goodbye to the misguided pyramid. Because carbohydrates just make (but) fat. And it's exciting to see what needs the food industry can and should expect to develop:

"On May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announces that it will be releasing a new "food icon" to replace the foodless and useless 2005 MyPyramid (...).

A bit of history. From 1958 until 1992, the USDA's food guide is a rectangle four groups: dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables, and grains. In 1992, after a year of extraordinary debate, the USDA released its highly controversial Food Guide Pyramid.

Why was it controversial? The food industry objected that the pyramid make it look as if they were supposed to eat more foods from the bottom of the pyramid than the top (which, of course, what its point). Nutritionists objected that it was eating too many servings of grains and, therefore, encouraged obesity.

In 2005, the USDA replaced it with the unobjectionable MyPyramid. The food industry liked this one because it did not indicate hierarchies in food choices. Most nutritionists that I know I did not know what to do with it. I've got the 1992 pyramid had a lot going on it, especially the idea that it's better to eat some foods than others. But MyPyramid was a travesty-hopelessly complicated, impossible to teach, and requiring the use of a computer.

Given this situation, the new image is highly likely to be improved. If the new icon keeps the hierarchy, conveys concepts easily, and does not require online access, I will consider it a great step forward.

What will the new icon look like? (...)

The circular plate, which wants to be unveiled Thursday, is meant to give a fast, easy to use reminder of the basics of a healthy diet. It consists of four colored sections, for fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, according to several people who have been briefed on the change. Suggest a glass of low-fat milk or maybe a yogurt cup.

Paradigm Shift: Bye Food Pyramid - Hello MyPlate

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