The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more user-friendly plate icon to help Americans make healthy food choices.
We asked what your ideal plate looks like. Our editor, Kat, created her version, which consists of some not-so-healthy helpings of fried okra, cherry pie, cheese grits, pulled pork, and a glass of scotch.
So, health repercussions aside, we asked iReporters what their ‘MyPlate’ would look like. The creative souls featured above turned their plates into a pieces of art and sent them to CNN iReport.
Paula Gibson eats entire deserts! That CANNOT be good for her digestive tract
Whole grains & dairy do contain proteins!!!! Eye-opener :) Its funny that Dept of agriculture doesn't know that or they just want to support the meat and dairy industry...
hmmm nice idea....;)
WOW! some great food stuff = I love eating fast foods, however I eat in moderation....
Take a pill on the spelling issue.
The nice lady explained her mistake in a calm, friendly & completely acceptable manner.
If only the petty posters pointing out her mistake could have been as kind to her.
Agred. Oh, is that one or two e's?
It's threee, but who's counting?
Haha! Noot us!
Until the "food" guidelines, be they pyramid shaped, round, square or trapezoid, include exercise – they will always be incomplete. The switch from manual labor to sedentary jobs DEMANDS those calories be used. Typing fast doesn't count as exercise.
PS – The sweet portion of the meal is spelled DESSERT, not DESERT. Desert = a very dry place.
I love how Americans have already taken this tool and used it to show the junk food they consume. My opinion? The plate is a lousy attempt to get people to visualize what they should be eating but does nothing in terms of number of servings or serving size.
Good on ya, Abbot :D
I know in my case it all depends on what I feel like eating. Some days I do really good on salads, very little meat, and water...other days I want a soda, cheeseburger and fries. My average calorie intake also veries day to day. Here is the catch though...I walk everywhere for the most part, no matter the weather. I live in a small enough town you can get to most places within 20 minutes easily. Factor in the weather and even the wind and you can easily burn all the calories you just ate within the twenty minutes before! I go with what my body needs. For me that means more red meats during winter because it provides the energy for my body to deal with the cold, and more salads and veggies during the summer. I for once within the last 3 years have been within my ideal weight and haven't been sick except for maybe once! The problem is, people still eat as though they were physically doing a hard days work, and instead sitting infront of a computer or at a desk...the less physical activity you do, the less calories you should need to function!
Plate or Pyramid. Neither will work, people simply don't want the govt to tell them what to eat. Just another attempt to control us.
How much money did the federal government waste on this new diagram? Security for Mrs. Obama's presentation of it is tens of thousands. I wouldn't be surprised a 1+ million was wasted for a goddamn Office ClipArt diagram.
Too bad, myPlate should also have a defined ideal height to signify portion control. By the way, how many myPlates are allowed in a day for a healthy diet ?
Too bad adobe photoshop doesn't have spell check....I appreciate all of the comments reminding me that I should make sure that I do not enter any spelling bees anytime soon! I was doing "my plate" on the fly as I was running out the door.....my apologies to all! (my friends and I are getting a good laugh from all of the comments....LOL)
This is too simplistic: the pyramid may have indicated too many servings for reality - but this is too open to interpretation. Totally dumbed down – is this what Michelle thinks of her husbands constituents?
So true, the "plate" does not include the number of servings for each food group, or the size of a serving. It might as well just list the food groups and leave it at that – completely lacking in useful information.
That Adam kid is from my hometown of about 3200 people! Cool!
I'm not so much a kid, but HI from Byron!
This P-o-S cost us 2 million dollars. Was it worth it? NO. Remember, Politicians don't care, because it's not thier money.
Seriously Paula? You're giving a big chunk to eating DESERTS? Would that be the Sahara, the Gobi or Death Valley?
why don't we mix all of the above? Fusion meals are trendy, and hot sand is delicious!
You can eat whatever you want as long as you control calories and eat a high protein diet. I have read dozens of studies looking at weight loss, and I know that calorie control and protein are the only major factors in a diet that actually matter.
You don't need to eat like a caveman or health freak. You just need to eat less overall food and make sure the majority of your calories are coming from protein sources.. If you set a fiber intake goal and eat vegetables with every meal, you will optimize your diet even further.
What the heck do you think the caveman diet is? It's exactly what you outlined. Lots of meat, veg and fruit. Derp.
you do not have to eat a out a lot because of work schedule, i got a meal plan service and is great for me.
Why is this guy eating DESERTS? Sounds a little dry to me! I'd rather sit and have a nice DESSERT instead. Remember... there are 2 S's in dessert because you always go back for seconds!
I thought it was because dessert is "stressed" backwards.
Let's dyslexia celebrate!
My plate actually looks a lot like the USDA's plate, but the protein portion comes from beans/grains. I'm amazed that the "dairy" cup made it into the official plate – such needless kowtowing to the dairy industry. How about a glass of water, America?
I agree. When I saw the "plate," my first thought was, why add fat and calories by including a glass of dairy, when a glass of water is so much healthier?
Dairy does provide some value, but I would have folded it into the protein category instead of separating it.
It really only makes sense to follow a paleolithic diet if you are also following a paleolithic lifestyle. So, if your day consists of waking up with a clan and organizing a hunt by chasing a mammoth off a cliff, then the paleolithic diet is good for you. Otherwise, it's just stupid.
Not really. Try to read up on something before you make an ignorant assertion such as "it's stupid".
I work in a cubicle....what with all the downsizing we are pretty close to behaving paleolithic! Bring on the torches, raw meat, and fur g-strings!
Mine would be equal parts Count Chocula, Doritos, string cheese, Pop Tarts, and Hot Pockets.
Beverage: Hawaiian Punch, what else?
Fork–don't need one.
What else? Ex-lax. :D
The plate is already out of date. Today, the USDA is unveiling a new approach to meet the ever challenging goal of eating a healthier diet. The agency is introducing My Stomach, a graphic design of the human organ divided into four quadrants to represent the four main nutritional markers: Dark Chocolate, Sunday Bacon, Bottomless Fries, and Your Favorite Adult Beverage.
"This will make it much easier for the average American to stomach the stringent dietary guidelines we have been promoting for years," said the Assistant to the Deputy to the Vice-chair of the guidelines committee with a wry wink. "Actually, this is all a joke. C'mon, Sunday Bacon? That should obviously be Country Sausage."
More whimsy without regret is at Thinking Out Loud, http://marperl.blogspot.com/
ROFL!!!!! Too true XD
No dessert if you can't spell it.
Correction, if you spell it with 1"s", then you only get one dessert. With 2 you get egg roll.
Its interesting that the department of agriculture is producing this and not an organization dedicated to health. I'd call that a conflict of interest since their number one money maker is meat. Protein doesn't need its own section. Loads of things have protein. Its like leaving a spot on the plate solely for meat and frankly, its unnecessary unless you want to perpetuate the idea that meat itself is necessary for protein. (I eat meat but I do so while recognizing that its horrible for the environment and frequently unhealthy)
I while I agree to an extent, I would argue that the new guidelines recognize that the majority of Americans do consume meat as their main protein. However, the vast majority probably consume way more than they should. In that regard, I would agree that putting what most of us eat all the time (protein from meat) in the context of the a healthy diet is more feasible and would be accepted by more Americans than just righting off meat altogether.
However, the plate doesn't say meat. It just says protein so really it doesn't perpetuate that idea at all. That's just what you are interpreting, but I don't see that from that in the facts (i.e. look at the icon). If you don't eat meat as your main source of protein, then put what you do it in it's place.
Americans don't actually eat meat as their "main" protein, they just think they do. They don't realize that protein is in just about everything we eat. If you eat a variety of plant foods and enough calories, you will get about exactly your RDA for protein. If you eat meat and dairy and plant foods, you're probably eating about twice your RDA for protein. Of course government won't tell you that since it's not good for the meat and dairy industry.
I took it to mean protien, as in eggs, beans, quiona, etc are also acceptable. I actually felt the milk category was the only silly one. Calcium is important, but a huge portion of people are lactose intolerant, and really no one needs milk for calcium.
Personally, I aim for having fruit and vegetables to be more like two thirds of my diet. But then again I tend to think most of the nutrients found in grains are available in fruits and vegetables.
Depends on the grain, some grains like quinoa (Although to be fair this isn't technically a grain, closer related to beats) are fairly hard to beat nutrient wise. It's just most people get most of their grain intake from things like white flower, which is pretty nutrient void.
Notice also that they got rid of the "meat" category from the old food pyramid and replaced it simply with "protein." I know it's wishful thinking, but maybe this will show more people that meat is pretty unnecessary in a healthy diet. And while I do consume some dairy, I don't think it's "essential." There are many cultures across the planet that do without the milk from another species, to say nothing of curdled milk (cheese).
And that "personal" touch is the main reason 99.9% of Americans are overweight and fat.
Party pooper :(
Too bad the last one doesn't know how to spell "dessert"
No one said water.
They said "health repercussions aside"...
Even spell check can't fix stupid.
Okay, I may be married, but I want to meet Kat. If that's her idea of a good plate, she's a kindred soul....
Pulled Pork is one of the greatest things on earth.....
And this will mean what to the largest consumers of junk food (welfare people)?
hahahahah your dumb
sorry, you're dumb
I can't believe we spent billions for that.
It means that they will still get the short end of the nutrition stick because healthier foods cost more than carbs and starches. You would do better to ask how this affects those who still insist on three Starbucks Mocha Whatever Frappucinos a day, with extra whipped cream and caramel//chocolate swirls every time.
Do you know what comparison shopping is num nuts? No? Then besides being fat your stupid.
Take the time to shop properly idiot and eating healthy is no more expensive then eating crap.
What a dip chit typical num nuts f'n liberal hypocrit.
Hey, that's mine!
You had my favorite, if for nothing else the white russian. Which I plan to have after dinner tonight. Mmm, white russian. Though the BC spot prawns with drawn butter and garlic and breaded fried orange chicken tonight probably isn't too healthy either.
I really hope I have some kahlua.
Actually it is ours – Zisboombah won the Apps for Healthy Kids award from the USDA last year... hmmmm thoughts?
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