Healthy Eating Plate

Healthy Eating: A photo-guide to the new nutrition


A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why nutritionists use symbols and shapes to answer the question, “What should I eat?”. For nearly two decades, the U.S. government distilled its nutrition advice into pyramids. These efforts didn’t accurately show people what makes up a healthy diet. Why? Their recommendations were based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests in the messages the icons sent. This year, the U.S. government scrapped its MyPyramid icon in favor of the fruit-and-vegetable rich MyPlate—an improvement, yet one that still doesn’t go far enough to show people how to make the healthiest choices.




16 Responses

  1. Food and health! Had to check it out, and I do eat health, almost always, despite all that fried food I had in Cajun Country last spring.

  2. We have the similar ‘eatwell plate’ in the UK which also has its pros and cons. Good for showing ‘at a glance’ the different
    types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well
    balanced and healthy diet.

    On its own I think its very limited and doesn’t necessarily point people towards more wholeg rains and fewer refined foods but the idea of getting your proportions right works well. Its a start for someone who has absolutely idea – more often than not its information overload which then leads to confusion and misunderstanding and that is no better than no information at all!

  3. I agree…. It is still a difficult thing to deal with. I have had patients who eat fruit salads daily for lunch as a healthy option and find their sugar away from the ideal.

  4. Trying everyday. Sometimes the Cheese creeps up on me!!

  5. I agree with this that eating habit can keep a person healthy. Your suggestion are very nice. There are two other factors that keep one healthy. The balance in consciousness means give Brain cells to be silent for some time. Do not worry too much on materialistic things. It consume your Life or Cosmic Energy.

  6. I agree with tyrannocaster.

    The plate idea/visual is probably easier for people to relate to, but the information it contains is very outdated and doesn’t do much to really clue people in on what’s truly healthy to eat since it mentions canola as a healthy oil (boy, would mentioning coconut oil have been a great service to the American people!), concentrates on grains and wheat, etc, etc.

  7. Totally agree with the post. In a couple of days I would be posting a blog analyzing student meals. We all know the right proportion. But do we follow it?

  8. I really like this demonstration of nutrition. Though the pyramid was a good introduction to healthy eating, this model is more visually appealing, and easier for someone like me to understand. Very useful!

  9. I do think having a plate as a teaching tool can actually be useful for people that simply do not know where to begin. Sometimes a perception about what a serving size is much larger then it actually is based on social conditioning. I think also, there is a another component which can be over looked and as you touch on helping people to make healthy choices. This is first understanding a person’s relationship with food and cultural understanding of food. What I might like to also see on the plate is love, compassion, and acceptance.

  10. I don’t think this is much better than the old pyramid at all; what is it that we are supposed to be getting from the ill-named “healthy whole grains” that we can’t get from vegetables without spiking our blood sugar levels? AFAIC, this plate is just another message from the USDA (itself an organization whose mission is to promote US agribusiness, NOT promote consumer health) that pushes what the grain, sugar and other lobbies want, it’s just a little modified.

    “Healthy whole grains” is an oxymoron, as is “healthy grains”, in my view.

    And let’s not even get started on wheat, LOL!

    • AgriBUSINESS has changed the way our grains are grown to such an extent that the actual grains contain more gluten now, up to 50% more than 40 years ago. We need to return to diversity and agriCULTURE. Also to take note, soya and maize are GMO mostly now – so definitely avoid labels that contain these. Beware of what the manufacturer is replacing wheat with on gluten-free foods, it will most likely be GMO foods. Good luck to all in finding a healthy diet in this minefield of how our food is now produced.

  11. Love this post!

  12. A healthy and happy life. I know that eating plate above makes a difference, despite my occasional diversion to fast food. Thanx for the info and have a wonderful day.

  13. In my opinion there should not be such a deep conflict between science and religion as both are searching for fundamental answers to the same questions from a very subtle differing viewpoint – how, when and why was time/space and everything in it created? Is there purposeful design through a universal consciousness and is that demonstrated through the patterns evolved in nature from the micro through to the macro? Can science and religion ever agree? In their current states I don’t think so because the subjective and objective are not allowed to meet in the middle! LOL

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