MyPlate to Replace Food Pyramid

“The first lady, Michelle Obama, on Thursday relegated the government’s well-known food pyramid to the sands of history, unveiling a new, simpler image of a plate divided into basic food groups”,  reports the New York Times today about a new government-backed effort to fight obesity and the growing nutritional problems in the US.

I applaud the First Lady for her efforts in combating obesity in this country and I also think that this new visual aid will assist many people in their effort to eat healthier.  I especially like that 1/2 of the plate if covered with fruits and vegetables.  Just remember that organic produce is proven to have substantiallymore amounts of nutrients than most commercial produce.  Also organic produce is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides.  I do, however, have several concerns in regards to “MyPlate”.  First, this plate does not differentiate between good and bad grains.  Good grains being 100% whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat), and bad being processed products such as white rice and pasta. Secondly, Ihave concerns about encouraging dairy as a substantial part of one’s diet.  Most dairy products are pasteurized and homogenized and are void of nutrients and naturally occurring probiotics, which assist in digestion.  One is generally better off eating green leafy vegetables to get the recommended amounts of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.

Overall I think this is a great attempt to simplify the food pyramid and I think it will help many people to live healthier lives.  Just always remember to ask yourself if what you are eating is nourishing your body or harming you body, and you will make betters choices for yourself.

Eat Well!

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