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  MyPlate is a new guide created for basic nutrition, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid.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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  1. I agree with/and prefer the Healthy Eating Plate over "my plate". I too agree that dairy should be limited. Not just for the fat content, but for the amount of hormones that today's dairy cows are being injected with. Additionally, 1% and skim milk have sugar added to make up for the loss of taste due to the amount of fat content removed. I've also tried to ween myself off of most meat products (which is hard) and have been finding alternate sources for protein such as soybeans, quinoa, etc. And of course the mighty mighty dark greens. Thank you coqui for all of your informative insights. I've said it before that we as a people who are already predisposed to heart disease and diabetes need to take better care of ourselves. It can be hard to break away from old school traditions. Fried chuletas, pernil, tostones (my favorite) are good in moderation, but we have to take a more active role in our health.

  2. Hola Victor, it is really comforting to see people like yourself taking the initiative to change their diet. It is not easy to leave behind what we grew up thinking it was ok to eat but everything in moderation is good except creativity :)