By now, most of you know about the HUGE news, the unveiling of the new Food “Pyramid.” No longer is it a confusing triangle, but a happy circle that looks like a dinner plate. Reminds me of a pizza. Or a pie. A pizza pie.
Oh wait, no, no, the point is NOT to eat a whole pizza or a pie. Or a pizza pie.
$2 million dollars spent on research to tell us this ground-breaking news:
- Love food, but don’t overeat
- Eat your veggies and fruits
- Drink water, not sugar
WebMD has a printout to help clarify the plate (WebMD, why is saturated fats a corn dog? I guess this is really only the U.S. dietary guidelines because I’m not sure folks around the world would recognize a corn dog. Note: I did).
As I’ve said before, we should have just listened to our grandmothers (or pay them $2 million). Then again, if this will help clarify the confusing triangle, the more awareness the better. Many of us are visual creatures, so as Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner said, if this plate helps folks eat more fruits & veggies, that’s good. Marion Nestle also noted that it is so simple that even children can understand it (unlike that pyramid). While I jest at the simplicity of the message, if the USDA is willing to dedicate funds to nutrition education, then perhaps this will trend towards promoting farmer’s markets, organic foods, and small farms.
Now the question is how to get these foods ONTO this plate – and to make them affordable and accessible.