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Monday, June 6, 2011

New Nutritional Food Plate

The pyramid is history as the USDA and Michelle Obama just launched the new nutritional plate diagram. I think this is a great first step to use a plate icon that every American can relate but I think we still have a long way to go.

I mean doesn't that look like a lot of carbs? If we follow this method we will be consuming 3 servings of carbs at every meal, dairy, grains, and fruit.  And we all know my thoughts on dairy so recommending a glass of milk at every meal.... do you think the dairy farmers were called in to consult on this new "plate" before release?  Also where are the healthy oils? Or recommended avoidance of HF corn syrup and trans fats? But overall I am loving the focus on fresh vegetables and fruits for our society especially children.

In a perfect world a plate the USDA would recommend would be 50% non-starchy vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% remaining option for whole grains, starchy vegetables or fruit. 

What are your thoughts on this new food plate? I do believe if Americans start to follow this we will be headed in the right direction. Its a great start!

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