This week the USDA unveiled a new food pyramid - except it’s no pyramid at all, but a plate.
One of its supposed strengths is that its design is so simple, but I think it’s almost too simple. Each of the four parts of the plate is nearly the same size and it’s geared toward portion size rather than a number of servings, which I personally don’t find very helpful.
The L.A. Times also thought the design was a little too simple, perhaps insultingly so.
Author and nutritionist Marion Nestle praised its design, but took issue with the fact that protein is a nutrient, not a food.
However, Andy Bellati wasn’t so enthusiastic. He said the new design is useless unless the U.S. government matches food subsidies with its own recommendations:
I don’t believe Americans are lacking knowledge or awareness that fruits and vegetables are healthy; the problem is that fruits and vegetables compete with artificially priced junk food in the marketplace. Lucky Charms and Trix are so cheap because they are made with crop subsidies; meat is cheap because cows are fed government-subsidized crops, and so on and so forth. Is My Plate suddenly going to make a pound of vegetables cost less, and a box of Lucky Charms cost more? Will My Plate turn food deserts into areas where residents can have access to healthy foods? No.
What are your thoughts?