Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Food Plate

Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Food Plate

Stephanie Barlow
Jun 3, 2011

The USDA announced a new food pyramid yesterday: the food plate. Instead of stacking food groups in a pyramid as the organization has done for years, they are now laying it all out on a plate. But besides the design change, a few items are missing. Are you into it?

I admit, it's smarter to visualize the concept of healthy eating the USDA is aimed at promoting on a plate rather than the old pyramid design. More interesting than the design change are the category modifications. Gone are the starches and carbohydrates that made up the bottom level of the old pyramid. Also missing is the top level of oils, fats, and sweets. This was a deliberate move hoping to combat ever rising levels of obesity in children and adults across the country.

Do you think this will change the way Americans eat?

Related: Redesigning the Food Pyramid: How Would You Do It?


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