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New Food Pyramid Diagram

The new food pyramid diagram, called Choose My Plate, was released in June of 2011, when first Lady Michelle Obama helped other government officials unveil it publicly.

The point was to replace the old one that many folks are still accustomed to.

Too many Americans found it hard to decipher the old pyramid, particularly, when explaining the details to children. This new shape is now a "plate" and is based on the dietary guidelines released in 2010.

The old pyramid was first introduced in the year 1992 and over a period of time underwent a few changes. According to some nutritionists, it had become too complicated to understand and implement.

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New Food Pyramid Diagram

The old pyramid was first introduced in the year 1992 and over a period of time underwent a few changes. According to some nutritionists, it had become too complicated to understand and implement.

The new simplified icon makes it easy for the ordinary American to understand and pass on to their children.

Tracing the Development of the Food Pyramid

As I mentioned, the initial food pyramid was introduced back in 1992.

In this pyramid representation, the entire pyramid was split into five sections:

  • Grains indicated by an orange triangular section of the pyramid

  • Vegetables indicated by a green section

  • Fruits indicated by a red section

  • Milk indicated by a blue section

  • Meat and beans indicated by a violet section

Over time, food industry experts started to raise the issue that there was too much emphasis being given to grains.

After some deliberation, a new pyramid came in to the existence in 2005. Once again, complaints arose that this new way made it more difficult for folks to comprehend the different aspects of food and nutrition consumption.

Benefits Provided by New Food Pyramid Diagram

1. With the old pyramid, it was difficult for any one to arrive at the quantity of food to be consumed across different categories. The new food plate is much easier to understand and to arrive at the right proportion across different categories.

2. The old pyramid was really confusing for kids and those who were not able to read small letters. Who can't understand a plate, something we all use every day?

The plate, in the form of a pie chart, has been divided into four quadrants:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Protein

Each and every quadrant is of a specific size with the vegetables being the largest quadrant, closely followed by the grains and protein quadrants.

The smallest quadrant specified is the fruit quadrant.

The different quadrants are given distinct colors with green depicting the vegetables, red for fruits, orange for grains and violet for protein. There is also a small dairy plate attached to the outer periphery of the main plate.

More than 50% of users have indicated that they felt the new plate diagram is much better than the older one, while around 35% feel that the newer version still lacks some information.

2010 Dietary Guidelines

As I noted above, most of the recommendations have been based on the 2010 dietary guidelines that provide more emphasis on organic food.

The guidelines also caution people to look at the credentials of the organic food supplier before making their selection.

This advice is to inform every American about the dangers posed by suppliers of genetically modified food such, such as that put out by the dangerous company called Monsanto.

One aspect to all this that I'm happy for is that more children are visually seeing from a very young age how the food should be constructed on their plates: mostly veggies!

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