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.
11/13/2013 8:52:42 AM
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.
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.
Unfortunately there is a lot information in this article that is FALSE! If the author would have taken the time to create a profile (like I have done), she would have learned that it DOES tell you how many servings to eat, including fat (or "oils") and empty calories. And it takes YOUR personal lifestyle into consideration (i.e. level of activity, pregnancy, breastfeeding).
My dietician turned me on to this site when I was pregnant, so I've gotten a lot of time with it. I much prefer SparkPeople's tracker because it has a HUGE database of food, but my plate is terrific at telling me what I should be eating. The move from a pyramid to plate is certainly the right direction!
I think the plate serves the purpose it was intended to do. A good simple guide, especially when eating out, or in other situations where you are not making the food. I thought the "debate" about calling one section protein was somewhat foolish. To say that people know that protein is contained in all food, so might find that section of the plate confusing??? First of all, I would say there is a fair number of people that don't "know" this, and second, if they are intelligent or educated, enough *to* know this, they are intelligent or educated enough to know what this section represents.
And with regards to the comment that we shouldn't "dumb down" public education about nutrition. The fact of the matter is many people will not spend the time reading about nutrition, so there does need to be a simplified message. And, remember, half the human population is below the 50th percentile in intelligence.
I think it's fantastic and really simplifies things! I really hope this helps more understand portions, etc.
6/18/2011 12:50:41 PM
I like the plate! I, also as some other mentioned, learned the four food groups (meat, dairy, grains, fruits&veggies) which was simple (thus I remember them 35+ years later) but not necessarily really that healthy. No one 'idea' is going to fit for everyone however I think this is simple enough and visual enough that people can easily remember. I would say that if make easy people will remember maybe use and THEN get interested in more detailed information.
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