Winter Newsletter

Should I Eat According to the Food Pyramid?

Generations of Americans have become accustomed to the nutrition guide known as the Food Pyramid. Even though this nutrition guide has been replaced by MyPlate, the new diet guide from the USDA, more people are familiar with the Food Pyramid.

The Food Guide Pyramid and MyPlate were both created by the USDA, in 1992 and 2011, respectively. The Food Guide Pyramid was updated and replaced in 2005 with MyPyramid, a predecessor to MyPlate.

In response to critics who complained that the Pyramid design was too confusing, it was replaced with MyPlate, which is considered to have a simpler design - a plate with portions - that we all recognize. The Healthy Eating Plate was also created by the Harvard School of Public Health as an alternative to the USDA’s MyPlate option.

What is the Healthy Eating Plate?

The Healthy Eating Plate was created as an update to MyPlate with the latest scientific data about portions, fats, carbs, proteins, and other dietary elements. Also, unlike MyPlate and MyPyramid, it is not influenced by food industry lobbyists.

What is MyPlate?

MyPlate is a simple presentation of nutritional needs that is more easily understood by the general public. Compared to the Healthy Eating Plate, it is more influenced by food lobbies, such as the dairy and meat lobbies, where portions are not necessarily in alignment with food scientist research.

Comparing Healthy Eating Plate and MyPlate

MyPlate serves as a good stepping stone for the public. It helps point most people in a better direction nutritionally, especially with its emphasis on eating more vegetables. However, compared to the Healthy Eating Plate it seems incomplete, with less focus on necessary nutrients and dietary needs.

The Healthy Eating Plate is certainly more detailed. If you are willing to delve deeper into healthy eating habits and a well-balanced diet, then the Healthy Eating Plate is for you.

Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate still has a few contentions that some people are quick to point out, such as the emphasis placed on cooking oils and the lumping together of coffee and tea with water. Another contention is the exclusion of potatoes from the diet. These are choices you need to research and determine what is right for you.