Food Pyramid is a Pyramid No More
The USDA’s daily nutrition recommendation standard that we’ve come to know – the Food Pyramid – is no more. Instead, on June 2 the USDA unveiled a new way to measure daily food intake. It is super smart!
Rather than a pyramid, the new guideline shows a plate. Consumers can take a look at the plate to see what the ideal composition of a meal should look like based on the average diet. Makes complete and perfect sense to me. The website – www.choosemyplate.gov – demystifies much of the confusion about what the government recommends as a healthy balance of food groups.
Other really cool features of the MyPlate include being able to calculate your own daily food plan based on factors you can input (age, weight, height, gender), looking up calories for different foods (who doesn’t love the name MyFood-a-pedia?), and even a food tracker. For those looking to lose or gain weight, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, there are other options that can assist in your efforts.
Once you’ve had a chance to review the new guidelines, let us know what you think!