Tuesday, June 7, 2011

America's Plate

On June 2, 2011 the USDA introduced MyPlate to replace the former MyPyramid as a reference for healthy eating in America (a concept similar to Canada's Food Guide). I have used a similar plate method with clients as we focus on emphasizing vegetables and fruit and using portion control for protein and starch/grain choices.

The USDA is now using 5 food groups: Grains Group, Vegetable Group, Fruit Group, Dairy Group, and Protein Foods Group. It may confuse some people since protein is found in more than just your typical meat and alternative choices. I also often remind clients to count an item such as potatoes as their starch, so that they still choose to have more vegetables with their meal. It will be interesting to see the feedback they receive since it seems like a very basic guide, although perhaps that is what is needed to deal with the growing obesity epidemic.

What do you think?

Steph Wheler www.nutrishus.com