“It’s such a recognizable image. “Everybody has seen a plate, used a plate. It’s much easier to visualize when it’s something we use on a daily basis,” Toby Smithson, R.D., a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, said in an article on the Huffington Post.
Plus, “it’s easy for non-readers to understand,” she says.
First off, how is it “easy for non-readers to understand?” There are no pictures on the plate at all! Just colorful blocks with big white letters superimposed over each.
At least the first two food pyramid actually had pictures.
I have a beef with all three food pyramids, however. I’m not just picking at the new plate.
Each model has grains as the largest segment. As a paleo eater, grains might as well be the devil.
Furthermore, protein is the smallest section. Some say grains will fill you up. But a meal rich with protein will leave you feeling satisfied for longer.
Eating lean meats like turkey, chicken and fish is a far better option then having a quarter of your plate filled up with bread or rice, things are stomachs can’t digest properly.
According to the USDA, this model was designed to also help Americans understand portion control.
“They should eat off an eight or nine-inch plate, like people did in the old days, before we had such an obesity problem,” Smithson said.
What kind of plates are people eating off of now days?! My plates are 9 inches and under. Sometimes I even eat out of small bowls.
Portion control is important, but you can’t go and snack on chips and claim that it was a small portion, therefore, it’s healthy. Even “healthy” snacks like granola bars and whole wheat cereals in small portions are still not good for you.
It’s better to snack on healthy things all day with bigger portions, then to have three big meals with little portions.
Instead of spending so much time reorganizing the information that was already available onto a plate, the government should be doing something about the way our food is processed, quit giving subsidies to farmers, stop pushing Got Milk ads on kids, and give incentives to Americans to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and meats.
They should be teaching us about sodium and hidden sugars. Women consumer 25 percent of their daily caloric intake in hidden sugars-empty calories we don’t even know we’re consuming.
And wake up people! The government can’t even balance our budget. And advertisers are lying to our faces with buzzwords like “No sugar added” and “Whole wheat.”
It’s up to you to take responsibility for your own health and your kids’ well being. Do a little research. Eat a vegetable. If you haven’t had one in a while, they don’t taste as bad as their reputation says they do.