Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What is that on MyPlate vs. Healthy Eating Plate?

A few months ago, I was interviewed about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "MyPlate" brand new nutrition symbol for healthier eating.  MyPlate is a new guide created for basic nutrition, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid. What is really interesting is how the nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications unveiled their version of the basic nutrition symbol called "Healthy Eating Plate", a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal. Finally a nutrition guide that points out the types of food our body needs to be healthy. They even add "Stay Active" to the the guide. Finally someone speaking my language.

Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH said “Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture Pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating. The Healthy Eating Plate is based on the best available scientific evidence and provides consumers with the information they need to make choices that can profoundly affect our health and well being.”

YOU be the judge. Which basic nutrition guide do you feel gives the best advice you need to eat healthy? Tell me what you think post your comment below


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