"2011’s Not-So-Pyramid Food Pyramid" by Kirstin Massmann

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A year ago I wrote a blog comparing the old 1992 food pyramid with the 2010 ‘ MyPyramid’ and bright and early this morning the USDA released the new “pyramid” that is much different than either of them.  This new and improved ‘pyramid’ (seen below) is now the image of a place setting divided into portions including the 5 food groups; fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.  Although this may be a new concept to the general public, this idea has been a teaching tool in the nutrition world for years; it’s a wonder it took so long to surface.  It is used so often because it encourages eating well balanced meals that include all 5 groups.  Its bylines encourage to enjoy your food but eat less, avoid oversized portions, make at least half of your grains whole grains, and choose lean protein.  This can be a visual tool people of all ages can refer back to when making their plate at home or in a restaurant.  We’ll see what the critics say, but this plate is much clearer to understand than the last pyramid.  The only thing I would add is a glass of water next to the dairy, neither kids nor adults drink enough water daily.  To get more information stay tuned to future blogs or visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

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