The food pyramid is going the way of Ancient Egypt.
The USDA rolled out a new icon today – MyPlate. A simpler, easier to understand icon so that schoolchildren can visualize healthier eating habits. More than one third of children in the U.S. are obese, along with more than two-thirds of adults.
I know I learned about the food pyramid in school but I couldn’t tell you exactly how many servings of fruits and veggies I should have been eating daily. Also, the top of the pyramid had sweets and sugar, which kind of seemed like it was the most important, even though it was the smallest section. Kids like what’s at “the top”, you know?
So I’m thinking I will print out this visual reminder and that should ensure that Ryan eats a plate of asparagus tonight. Glad I solved that problem!
Oh, and where is the section called “Mommy’s dessert”? I guess they must have made an error. I’ll call today to get that straightened out.
Check out http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html for a breakdown of the food guidelines and other helpful information.
Do you think the new MyPlate icon is a step in the right direction or will it not make any sort of difference in your child’s life whatsoever? Sound off!