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Food Pyramids and Plates: What Should You Really Eat?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a powerful icon: the Food Guide Pyramid. This simple illustration conveyed in a flash what the USDA said were the elements of a healthy diet. The Pyramid was taught in schools, appeared in countless media articles and brochures, and was plastered on cereal boxes and food labels. Tragically, its blueprint was based on shaky scientific evidence, and it barely changed over the years to reflect major advances in our understanding of the connection between diet and health. The USDA retired the Food Guide Pyramid in 2005 and replaced it with MyPyramid. Critics lambasted the symbol from the get-go for being vague and confusing. So in June 2011 the USDA replaced MyPyramid with a new simpler food icon, the fruit-and-vegetable rich MyPlate.

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This is an excellent article as far as information about required nutrition and what specific types of food to avoid. It relates to chapters 1&2 of the textbook in that it explains how the USDA food pyramid is long since outdated and new... more »This is an excellent article as far as information about required nutrition and what specific types of food to avoid. It relates to chapters 1&2 of the textbook in that it explains how the USDA food pyramid is long since outdated and new discoveries and research in nutrition have shaped a new type of food recommendation from the USDA and other sources. This article in particular gives the example of the "Healthy eating pyramid" and the "Healthy eating plate" developed by the Harvard School of Public Health. These food guides do not give specific portion sizes but rather percentages of your daily diet, which is congruent with what our textbook states. Another point these guides emphasized was to incorporate daily exercise as well as a nutritious diet. This article covered all of the terms in this weeks discussion; proper diet ratios to obtain optimum nutrition from food and exercise to maintain good health. 01-07-2015 7:19pm

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