Skip to comments.Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate
Posted on 05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's crusade against obesity" led by first lady Michelle Obama, as the New York Times says.
Half of the sections on the plate will be for fruits and vegetables. A smaller circle beside it will indicate a day's dairy allowance. This new logo, which cost about $2 million to develop and promote, is meant to educate Americans about new federal dietary guidelines released in January.
Nutritionists and public health officials are not mourning the passing of the food pyramid which was introduced in 1992. The original idea was to have food groups that one eats larger portions of -- fruits, vegetables, grains -- at the wider base. Dairy and protein were to be placed towards the pointy top of the pyramid. However, the dairy and meat industries objected, saying that their products were being "stigmatized" (I guess they didn't see being at the top of the pyramid as being at the "summit" and "crown"?).
A revised pyramid, MyPyramid, was released in 2005, but designed in such a way that whatever nutritional information it was to communicate was rendered almost useless:
[MyPyramid] turned the old hierarchy on its side, with vertical brightly colored strips standing in for the different food groups. It also showed a stick figure running up the side to emphasize the need for exercise.
Just from the descriptions of it, the new symbol -- there's debate about what to call it, as two things it resembles, "pie chart" and "pizza," have some rather non-healthy associations -- makes sense to me. Most of us eat our meals off a plate (or from a similarly shaped bowl), rather than anything like a pyramid. One could say, the new logo is tastefully democratic, although the dairy industry might object to the satellite-sidekick status allotted to their products with the little circle to the side.
Will you miss MyPyramid? More to the point, will the new logo help people make healthy choices about what to eat, or was that $2 million better spent?
I posted this earlier today, and I STILL think it's darn funny, LOL!
A PLATE! What an original idea!
Nanny State PING!
Please don’t worry. We will continue to do what our ancestors did and send the primal raspberry to the current-but-not-for-long powers that be.
Where will ribs and ice cream go?
Let's flush the whole 0bama Regime!
was that around 4 o’clock? (More Pie should have been eaten by now!)
Or like a friend used to say, be sure to eat from each of the four Food Groups every day:
Regular Food, Health Food, Junk Food, and Beer.
“or was that $2 million better spent?”
That might be what the government’s spent (I think it’s higher, though)
.....but private industry will end up spending way...way...waaaayyyy more. Probably hundreds of millions.
Which...you and I will end up paying.
I so love your pie plate!!!!!
Saw your post earlier today too - rotflol!!!!
Has a bureaucrat EVER looked at something and said, “I think that’s good enough as it is?”
Now, the trick is to come up with the $675,000 grant proposal to study the cumulative effects of introducing the new food pie chart and obsoleting the “old” food pyramid. Or, perhaps one could develop a $1,123,650. grant request for studying the effects of global warming upon childhood obesity. Or, just stick to a study on the economic effects of Michelle 0bama wearing boob belts and the resulting effects on leather goods.
People are making tons of money off the kilotons of flaming horses**t spun off by this administration and I’m unashamed to admit that I wish I was getting some of it. As opposed to the “military-industrial complex” is it the “social justice” complex? Enquiring minds want some o’ dat money!
Holy dog crap! A $2M a plate dinner? Sounds like a Soetoro fundraiser on his way to the $1B War Chest!
The new pryamid is not going to be Brawndo? Its got electrolytes.
It’s got what plants crave.
Is the plate biodegradable?
“Will you miss MyPyramid?” Not as much as I’ll miss the 2 million bucks! Moochelle the ex-lawyer is no more qualified to mandate nutritional changes than her husband is qualified to run the auto industry. Enough!
Call me racist, I don't give a rats ass anymore.
Is someone hosting a STUPID contest? Surely it would be on the MSM evening news. Did I miss the announcement? Let me get this right ... 2 million dollars to turn a pyramid into a pie. I could probably do it for 1.5 million dollars with a lifetime guarantee.
HA! Yes! Just like most of our TV programs - all UK copy cats...
Thanks for the ping!
but...but...but....what if you’re lactose intolerant?
Do I have a “case”? I could use some Soetoro cash.....
Here are some possible studies worth the money:
How to best get rid of the EPA.
How to best get rid of the FDA.
How to best impeach foreign nationals who win Presidential elections.
How to best oust the RINO establishment from the GOP.
How to best get rid of all federal evironMENTAL legislation.
I really like your pie graph!
To the Oval Office, in the dead of night, after Moochelle is asleep.
And may God have pity on any staffer who eats The One's strawberries, or tosses out his breadfruit tree...or steals his ballbearings out of his pocket.
How about tacos and burritos? RAAAAACIST!!!
How about chicken chow mein and egg drop soup? RAAAAACIST!!!
How about anything from Denny’s or Waffle House? RAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!!!!
I always thought it should have been a pie chart. Bar graphs would only for for candy bars. And those curve things would be analogous to eating one piece of spaghetti. The spot things is what the floor looks like a bunch of kids eat spaghetti. I miss the square pan pizza places. The pizzas were square too.
Re: Beer. “There’s a sandwich in every can!” :)
What’s not to like about pie? This week I baked a Rhubarb Custard Pie to rave reviews. My cherry trees are LOADED, so there should be some awesome fresh cherry pies coming out of the oven later this summer. Yum! :)
What is it with people telling other people what they should and should not eat? Don’t eat meat! Okay, eat meat, but make sure it’s cooked the “right” way! Don’t eat fish, eat fish, don’t eat shellfish, okay go ahead but keep the portions small..don’t eat carbohydrates, don’t eat this or that, etc.
Seems it’s in the DNA of the human race, and has been going on for about, oh, I don’t know...FOREVER!
Heck, what's not to like? High unemployment, High food prices, High gas prices, High utility costs, Record home foreclosures, Bank closings, Investment losses, Stock market losses, A world-class culture in decline, overrun with terrorists and illegals, Trillions of US dollars being guzzled by Mideast hellholes.... AND a $2 million food diagram (sigh). Besides, Obama needs another four years so Michelle can gallivant around the globe in designer fashions, stay at luxe hotels, and eat lobster (sniffle).
Obamas approval ratings appear to have steadily risen the past two months (course they only polled Dems). Getting rid of putrid Rahm, stashing the execrable Gibbs and Axelrod out of sight (behind the scenes in the reelection effort) was a good thing for Ohaha. And Pelosi out of the way, no longer praising Ohaha, and his healthcare plan, is also working well.
But look closely, voters.... as 2012 looms, Ohaha's looking less human by the minute---more like a vote-crazed, wild-eyed robot, mouthing sound bites. Stay tuned. THE SYNCHRONIZED CANDIDATE From hereonin everything he says will sound like a focus group sound-bite......with pre-programmed voice inflections, and synchronized hand and head gestures.
FREEPERS, GET THIS VOTER FRAUD INITIATIVE STARTED IN YOUR STATE: Ohaha's depending on illegals to vote for him.....gonna urge illegal to "vote against your enemies" like he did before the Midterm fiasco
Freepers voter fraud initiative: Send letters to names on the voter rolls---requesting proof of citizenship---those who do not present proof are stricken from the rolls.
Usually each state's Secy of State handles voter irregularities.
I am surprised they haven’t made it mandatory to eat food from at least 20 different ethnic groups per week...
While Gov. Christi gets in trouble for 2 helicopter rides, (which didn't burden the taxpayers, because the pilots have to log a minimum number of hours flying).
It’s still wrong. It’s better than The pyramid. But still, half the plate is filled with sugar: fruit and grains. Sugar makes us fat. And if the dairy in it’s little circle is low or non fat, that is More Sugar!
Half the plate should consist of about 25% meat or fish, 20% healthy fats (from healthy animals, coconut oil, olive oil), 5% seeds and nuts; the other half plate should be 20% veggies, and 10% fruit. The optional dairy circle should be organic full fat dairy only, optional for people who can digest it.
There is no need in the body for grains at all. Grain products should not be eaten, and sugary treats like ice cream or chocolate should be eaten in small quantities for special occasions only.
You have any articles on this topic? You have some interesting ideas.
Google the paleo diet. It’s not a “diet,” it’s just the healthiest way to eat. Robb wolf has a great book on this too.
MO: When it comes to eating, what’s more useful than a plate?
Me: Perhaps a fork?
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