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HuffPost Table Talk: The New Food Plate

Every Friday, the Huffington Post editors highlight a compelling news story to spark a lively discussion at your family dinner table. This week’s table topic is the new “food plate” dietary guidelines from the USDA.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new food plate to replace the food pyramid. This design not only departs in shape from the food pyramid, but also in meal structure. Most noticeable is that instead of having a section for meat and beans, the food plate simply says “protein,” indicating that there are other sources of protein besides meat. Similarly, while the most recent version of the food pyramid had serving suggestions for milk, the new food plate uses the more general term of dairy.

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2 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    I think it’s a VAST improvement from the food pyramid for sure.  And it will help so many Americans eat healthier.  The only thing it doesn’t consider is that some people need more protein than others, as some people need more (healthy, unrefined) carbs than others.  And some people can’t tolerate grains or dairy at all.  Still, I think it’s a big step in a better direction.

  2. NDgardens says:

    Can someone tell me what’s wrong with “dairy” in the diet? I’m 69 and have been trying to increase my dairy consumption for the sake of the calcium and the protein. I only use non-fat milk, yogurt, and ricotta. Is the main problem the typical fat content?

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