My plate

by Christina on June 3, 2011

The USDA’s new food pyramid:

What do you think?

Here’s one opinion I agree with:

“My first order of business — that proverbial dairy group on the side of My Plate;science lobbying at its finest.  Since the plate differentiates between fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains, it begs the question — why aren’t dairy products included with the “protein” group?  After all, a serving of dairy has as much protein as a serving of meat, chicken, fish, beans, nuts, and seeds.

The fact that dairy has calcium is irrelevant; some green vegetables offer just as much calcium as milk — and in a more absorbable form — yet they are contained within the vegetable group.  If the USDA were truly concerned with calcium intake (rather than returning the financial favor to the dairy industry), it would make a “calcium-rich food” group and include a wide variety of calcium-rich foods with equal prominence (milk, cheese, and yogurt along with kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and fortified dairy alternatives)…

Much like the old pyramid, this plate does absolutely nothing towards differentiating between healthier and unhealthier fats.  In fact, fats aren’t even mentioned.  The plate needs a “healthy fats” slice, that would promote the consumption of monounsaturated fats (almonds, avocado, olives) and omega-3 fatty acids.  Or, at the very least, a recommendation to “obtain most of your fats from foods, not added oils”.

And as my sister said, “It definitely seems better than before. I can’t believe there’s a cup of milk, but at least there’s no dessert plate!”

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Claudia June 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

Ha!, yes the dairy industry is VERY powerful, they want you to have a cup of milk with everything!!! uggh… I dont like milk, I am lucky!… guess I did not grow up in the US so I did not have such propaganda pro-it growing up… will link to you, loved this!

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charlotte June 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

I’m still waiting for the Vegan-friendly USDA food pyramid.

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