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Out with the Pyramid, In with the Plate

What You Need to Know about USDA's ''MyPlate''


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  • Sometimes I think there is someone somewhere who looks at things like the food pyramid and says, "Well everyone understands this now and has bought as many copies of the pyramid as they are going to so let's come up with something else so that we can justify our existence and sell some more paraphernalia and propaganda". That is my cynical side talking. The plate is easier to understand that the pyramid was and easier to replicate.
  • The new plate method is doable.
  • I Like the New Plate Article, from a few years ago.
  • I love the new plate method
  • CynthiaJl you can

  • Wow, the plate model! I am a certified nutritionist and find a plate model super useful and easy! Especially when eating out. It´s impossible to measure and count calories or grams in a restaurant but very much possible to visually decide on how much of what you are consuming. Great post!
  • I just had another look at the pyramid - at first blush, its hard to visualize that the volumes of the segments making up the pyramid are different ( they all look more or less the same). It nearly made me want to calculate the areas of all of them. Very confusing ,of course, this was the Sesame Street generation, so no surprise there.
  • Thanks for fixing the sparkpoints.
  • where were the points?
  • MyPlate is a more user-friendly visual, but its "one-size-fits-all" approach is too simplistic for people with special needs such as diabetes or overweight. Six servings of grain is way too much for me, as a Type 2 diabetic (controlled with diet and exercise), and there is also the fact that when it comes to blood sugar my body sees no difference between whole grain and refined food items. (Although I do understand there are other health reasons to choose whole grain items.) Also, MyPlate makes no distinction between starchy and non-starchy vegetables, and anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep their blood glucose in range knows that potatoes and corn are NOT the equivalent of romaine or broccoli -- yet MyPyramid treats them all the same. But as a visual aid, I think that MyPlate is more intuitive than MyPyramid. It's just that as a Type 2 diabetic trying to lose weight, my own personal MyPlate looks a lot different than USDA's.
    A step in the right direction, but a Long way to go. Still too many carbs, & nobody benefits from gluten containing grains. NICOLE: Sorry, but you are wrong about saturated fats/ cholesterol. I know that is what you were taught in school, & it is based on the terribly bad science espoused By Ancel Keys decades ago. Eating oils w/ saturated fats & cholesterol does Not raise Blood levels of cholesterol. So, what does? Eating Too Many Carbs! Oils like coconut oil are Amazing; They contain short and medium chain fats which Raise HDL (good cholesterol) & So many more benefits. Time to read "Perfect Health Diet" by Paul Jaminet Ph.D..., (See Ch 13 in particular). A great book about cholesterol that Anyone can understand is "The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering your Cholesterol won't prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan that will" By Stephen Sinatra M.D., Cardiologist. Another excellent book that addresses The problem of consuming too many grains & tells which fats & oils Are healthy and Why is "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter, M.D., Neurologist. (We consume Way to many omega 6 oils, which are primarily in vegetable oils. Also, Dr. Perlmutter provides charts to show which oils are safe to cool with & why; for example, olive oil is great, but Only unheated such as w/ salad dressing or at Low heat cooking temps). Nobody should consume margarine! Use grass/ pasture fed butter, or, if you have intolerance w/ lactose, whey or casein in dairy, use grass fed Ghee, available on Amazon by Pure Indian Foods or Ancient Organics. I don't expect people to just take my word on this. I have applied this info to my Husband's scary dense pattern B LDL cholesterol profile, very low HDL, High triglycerides, & type 2 diabetes. What Happened? in 2 mos., he is no longer diabetic, his Triglycerides dropped from 197 to 119, & his LDL is Changing from scary, Dense pattern B to the buoyant "good" pattern A LDL. ALL by Eating Saturated fats like coconut oil, Grass fed butter, grass fed beef..., ditching grains & eating low carb. (Exercise helps too, of course). Do yourselves a favor and read these books. Nicole, as an educator, you need to be willing to challenge some of what you were taught, which can be a difficult thing to do. Please read the above books, look at the good science behind them, and come to your own conclusions. I mean no disrespect. We can only go by what we were taught, until we learn a better way.
  • It would be really helpful if the Sparkpeople Nutrient Counter included the number of fruit or veggie servings in each food and a total for the day at the bottom. ;-)
  • The American plate looks totally different to the British one. Here is ours (the Eatwell Plate):
    This site has a wide variety of physical activities listed in the data base tracker. I was able to find water walking, slow, medium or fast pace. Thanks.
  • WINACHST, protein DOES need to be included on the plate.

    I am very glad to see that half the plate is veggies and fruit (most of mine will be veggies; fruit sometimes disagrees here). Protein is also essential, and not all of us can eat heavy legumes or nuts to get our protein. So, yes, for some of us it will be meat and/or fish and/or eggs. Sorry about the dictates of reality.

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