June 3rd, 2011
New Govt Eating Guidelines: Lots Of Veggies On Your Plate

In an effort to stem the tide of diabetes and obesity, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama have unveiled a new way for us to think about the food we put into our bodies. It’s a plate with divisions for how much of each food group — fruits, veggies, grains, protein and dairy — should be on your plate at a meal. The New York Times reported:

The Agriculture Department has created a Web site,, that elaborates on the guidance reflected in the plate’s design. It includes tip sheets with recommendations like eating fish twice a week and avoiding high-fat, salty foods like salami and bologna…

The first part of the campaign will encourage people to make half their plate fruit and vegetables. Later phases will urge consumers to avoid oversize portions, enjoy their food but eat less of it and drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The plate replaces the food pyramid, which was honestly kind of weird. Anyways, this new campaign falls in line with what we wrote about previously about new government diet guidelines. The basic premise was not to eat mugrero like sodium, fat, meat, alcohol and calories generally

What do you think of the new plate? I think it’s easier to understand, I wonder if it’ll be helpful enough to help children avoid diabetes and obesity. I don’t have kids, what do you think?

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[Photo By USDA]

2 thoughts on “New Govt Eating Guidelines: Lots Of Veggies On Your Plate

  1. Definitely!  This is much more family friendly.  As a kid, I never got the pyramid and as an adult, I still don’t use it.  So, wait…I’ll have 5 breads for lunch…lol…and 2 meats at dinner and oh…dang…how many fats?  Shoot!  This graphic will make it a whole lot simpler for parents and kids, plus…it’s fun!  I can see hanging this up on the fridge and making fun games out of it at dinner time.  It would be super cool if they made plates with sections the same sizes and colors so the kiddies knew exactly what to expect each meal.  ;)

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