The Food Pyramid is Replaced

All I can say is it’s about time the government updated the food pyramid logo. Parents and kids around our neighborhood had no clue what that pyramid really meant and how much of certain food types you were supposed to eat. Spending $2 million on this logo is a bargain when you consider all the good it’s going to do in helping families understand the foods and proportions you’re supposed to be eating of each. I’m glad the vegetables area is bigger than the proteins too. The original food pyramid had us eating more grains than veggies but I never thought that was appropriate. This new image really clarifies things for the public. I only hope a campaign will follow to ensure every American gets a copy of this on a poster they can put near their dining area. I am actually really hoping they’ll come out with a graphic for breakfast and lunch as well. My granola fits into multiple categories and I’m not sure how to organize it like this plate diagram since it’s in a bowl with my soy milk. My vegan lunch sandwich also needs a diagram from the side so I can see how to layer the various items vertically like grain, vegetable, fruit, non-meat protein, dairy substitute, grain. If you agree, please share this page far and wide and lets generate support for more government diagrams!

The New Food Pyramid

  • Littlefaith

    I like to teach my children to eat in my own way of thinking about food. I tell them you have to get the following from your food:

    1) Energy – This we always get too much of, in our modern lifestyle. So limit your starches, sugars, and fats.
    2) Fiber – This we don’t get enough of, so you need some plant matter, either vegetable or fruit. You need it for proper digestion and good bowel movements.
    3) Vitamins and Minerals – This we don’t get enough of, so to make sure we do, we try to eat a variety of foods, hit all the bases.
    4) Water – This we don’t get enough of, especially if we’re snacking a lot on convenience food.
    5) Protein – This we don’t get enough of, so make sure we eat some animal / beans. You need it for basic building blocks, especially while you’re growing.

    We don’t have to get all of these at one sitting, just average it over a day or even a few days. But look at your meal, and is one of these parts missing? Then try to fix it or make a mental note to get it at the next meal.