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Will the food pyramid ever die?

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The USDA introduced a new graphic this summer to help people eat healthfully. I’m probably the only person who hasn’t seen this yet, but I think I have a small excuse considering I don’t currently reside in the US!

This looks miles and miles better than the old pyramid, which I don’t think did anybody any good.

The November 2011 issue of Food Network magazine had a big feature of the USDA recommendations throughout the years and some of them were rather humorous. Apparently there was a graphic in recent years that had fries on it!!  I’ve always grown up hearing about the food pyramid, and I didn’t even realize the pyramid is no more! I don’t know if I’ll ever think of the USDA’s food recommendations and not picture that pyramid. To me, the pyramid will never die!

England doesn’t appear to have a food pyramid or graphic as such, but all products are labeled by a kind of “traffic light” system.

Foods that contain a higher than recommended amount of certain ingredients will be highlighted in red, while safer quantities will be highlighted with green.

I tend to not even look at nutritional information much because I try to buy whole foods and stay away from processed items. The way I feel is that if I’m buying something highly processed, it’s not good anyway so why bother reading it?

I used to look at the nutrition info a lot, but who really knows? The government is always changing its mind on what’s good or bad, so my philosophy is to simply eat what makes me feel good and I’ve never been healthier or felt better.

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17 Comments

  1. Protein category is misleading. It was started to market meat. In reality every living thing on Earth is made of protein. Every cell is made from protein. Therefore you can get your protein from all plant-based foods as well as meat based foods. See my BLOG at http://georgefebish.wordpress.com

    • I definitely think the USDA recommendations are completely influenced by powerful lobbies so I don’t trust what they have to say at all. I agree about the amount of protein. We just don’t need as much protein as people seem to think.

      • I have been meaning to comment, and I completely agree with you about the powerful lobbies, so I’m tagging along on this thread. I think the plate is much better, too and I am just glad to see some movement. I am grateful for Michelle Obama and what the Obama administration has accomplished in this area – even if it is nowhere near the level of change I am working toward. Working? Yes, with my food dollars and my big mouth. :)

        Also, wanted to stop by and let you know I dropped the Versatile Blogger Award on you – congrats – hee hee.

  2. I’m with ya–the pyramid is somewhat useless. Just eat good real food, and you won’t have to worry! Enjoy the processed junk, but make it a treat, not a habit. Really, all this plate and pyramid business makes it sound difficult, and it’s not.

  3. Yes the old Pyramid was pretty awful. It was done by groups that wanted to sell. A conflict of interest if you ask me.

  4. Oh my gosh, I never even realised the traffic light colour meaning before! This is cool, thank you.

  5. I def. don’t think the food pyramid will ever die. i think it should! clearly there have been changes over the years, and for good reasons, but in the end it always changes… that’s probably because the engineering of food changes! Also, no one should ever follow a specific dietary recommendation the government recommends; my main reason for that is because everyone leads a different life. A person who runs a few times a week for exercise needs to have a different diet than an olympic marathon runner… depending on your activity, where you live, etc etc you should base your diet off of those things rather than what the government says

    • That’s a really really good point. Everyone does lead a different life and what’s healthy varies SO much from person to person. I strongly believe we need to be learning about food earlier in school. I don’t recall ever learning about food and cooking until it was far too late. Why are we dependent on the government to give us “guidance”?

  6. One more thing… when it comes to labels, I have been shocked with the new information I have read about on the calorie count in restaurants. Legally, a restaurant with a certain number of chains (restaurants) has to have their foods’ calorie count provided for the customer. But the scary thing is, the calorie count is usually wrong… the calories are much lower than what they actually are. In reality, it should be at least 100 more calories than what it’s labeled as. (that’s what i’ve been reading in various publications).

    • Really? I had no idea, and yeah that is scary because the calorie counts still seem high!!!

      • I totally agree with you about learning about food in school. in middle school our culinary educated included only items you could cook in a microwave. Since stoves are such a hazard. So you can only imagine the crap they taught us to cook for ourselves. Luckily i think most of us knew better and knew that it wasn’t healthy or even tasty enough to eat. There are tons of food that are important to eat that don’t even need to be cooked! schools need to be talking about the best after school snacks that they don’t need to cook up. Unfortunately, many children in public schools don’t even eat healthy items when they get home from school. Most of the time, their school lunches are the best meal they will have all day. Check out this huffington post article and tell me what you think, then take a look at the teacher’s blog (the second link)… this teacher could possible be fired from her job for revealing the crap cafeteria’s are serving children. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/fed-up-with-lunch-blogger_n_996972.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 and http://fedupwithlunch.com/

        • This is such a big issue to me and I don’t even have kids. I was one of the lucky kids who never had to eat that crap because my mom packed my lunch every single day of my grade school life. I really like the Fed Up With Lunch blog, thanks for posting it. I wish there was more I could do, but I guess it helps just getting the word out and raising awareness. One of the biggest issues I think we need to have kids asking is where their food comes from and what’s in it. I’m sad to say that I didn’t even really question where my food came from until a few years ago, but it’s something all of us should be asking from a young age!

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