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Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate
care2 ^ | May 30, 2011 | Kristina Chew

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?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: dairy; foodpyramid; fruits; grains; guidelines; health; meat; mypyramid; nannystate; plate; usda; vegetables
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1 posted on 05/31/2011 8:11:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I posted this earlier today, and I STILL think it's darn funny, LOL!

2 posted on 05/31/2011 8:15:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

A PLATE! What an original idea!

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 05/31/2011 8:15:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 8:18:28 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (You know if I don’t remember I’m gonna forget.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
More BS Gov't meddling that no one will follow. Kid never follow any of this silliness. Plus we get to spend tons of borrowed money having bureaucrats develop this trash. What was so wrong with the pyramid anyway?


5 posted on 05/31/2011 8:18:28 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Where will ribs and ice cream go?


6 posted on 05/31/2011 8:19:04 PM PDT by hometoroost (Love the Onion story on a closed-ceremony "transparency" award. Oh wait, that actually happened.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I like this "Plate" better!

Let's flush the whole 0bama Regime!

7 posted on 05/31/2011 8:19:36 PM PDT by PROCON (Liberals Mistake Education and Knowledge for Wisdom and Common Sense.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


8 posted on 05/31/2011 8:20:30 PM PDT by bigbob
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9 posted on 05/31/2011 8:21:38 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“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.


10 posted on 05/31/2011 8:21:38 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I so love your pie plate!!!!!

Saw your post earlier today too - rotflol!!!!


11 posted on 05/31/2011 8:22:00 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Has a bureaucrat EVER looked at something and said, “I think that’s good enough as it is?”


12 posted on 05/31/2011 8:22:09 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama said OBL is dead I didn't believe it. Al Qaeda says he's dead and now I do!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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!


13 posted on 05/31/2011 8:22:34 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Tired of being seen as idiots, the American people went to the polls in 2008 and removed all doubt.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Holy dog crap! A $2M a plate dinner? Sounds like a Soetoro fundraiser on his way to the $1B War Chest!


14 posted on 05/31/2011 8:23:40 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here's the one used in the UK. So we spent millions of dollars to copy it?


15 posted on 05/31/2011 8:25:35 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vw2CrY9Igs
The new pryamid is not going to be Brawndo? Its got electrolytes.


16 posted on 05/31/2011 8:27:50 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: LibFreeOrDie
That tiny of section for meat, fish and eggs? Did the German U-boats cut off the Brits' supply lines again and they are back to rationing?
17 posted on 05/31/2011 8:29:51 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Deaf Smith

It’s got what plants crave.


18 posted on 05/31/2011 8:31:32 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is the plate biodegradable?


19 posted on 05/31/2011 8:33:00 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“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!


20 posted on 05/31/2011 8:35:44 PM PDT by Pat4ever (AF Vet)
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