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6/8/11 3:10 P

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I think the plate is a great simple concept that children can understand. But the food pyramid, to me, is an easier way to think about what I'm eating. So while I agree that the plate is a simpler teaching tool (and cutting out the reference to meat is awesome), it's not going to overtake the food pyramid for me.

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6/7/11 10:31 P

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today my doctor even told me about the plate, it amazed her that I lowered my BP and cholesteral by diet alone. I thought they were ok so I quit taking the meds a week before blood last year.

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6/7/11 10:13 P

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I love the new plate idea. What better to show what we should be eating than by putting it on a plate! Section off for each food group and viola! Easy.

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6/6/11 10:11 P

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I agree, the plate is not perfect like the power plate it is a definite improvement over the pyramid

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6/6/11 7:51 P

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If you click on the plate it will give you a breakdown of the different categories. For protein it lists a lot of vegan/vegetarian options. I do like this plate better though: pcrm.org/health/powerplate/

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6/6/11 6:10 P

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Oh--7Worships--your perspective of moving from meat to protein and thinking of it in that positive light is good, I suppose. Thanks!

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6/6/11 6:08 P

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By the way, I took a look at that Power Plate, and I like it.

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6/6/11 6:08 P

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Thanks for the comments. Basically, I'm coming from an editor's viewpoint. I do know that they are trying and are leaning toward the healthier way of eating. I would rather have seen the section called "Protein" actually say: Lean Meats, Fish, Seafood; Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds, or something in that line to be more specific. I also know that many people, if not most, believe that protein refers only to meat. So that was my "beef." :)

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6/6/11 5:49 P

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I'm sorry you're aggravated. The word "Protein" was used to include nuts, beans, soy foods, etc. I think the plate is brilliant. Take a look at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ Then click on the word "Protein" on the plate. Yes, they did include vegetarians.

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6/6/11 5:35 P

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Actually, I think the food plate icon is an improvement over the my pyramid icon, which I think was very confusing and misleading. In fact, I had to smile at the similarity to the power plate that Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has been touting for years. Both plates have a section for fruit, vegetables, and grains. However, PCRM places legumes instead of protein in the fourth section of the plate, and of course there is no place for dairy on PCRM's power plate. Clearly, the power plate is more accurate than the government's my plate.

While it is true that protein is found in veggies, grains and fruits, I applaud the USDA's movement from meat to protein. It may be a "baby step" but at least the USDA appears to be headed more in the right direction than with my pyramid.

PCRM's interactive power plate can be viewed on their web site at:

www.pcrm.org/health/powerplate/

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6/6/11 4:56 P

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Okay, who is with me on this new food plate? I just need to vent a little. It is aggravating me that the word "Meat" is not in place of the word "Protein," as we all know protein is in vegetables, grains, and fruits. I mean, just say it, right?

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