Saturday, June 25, 2011

The USDA and the "food plate"


As we know the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has scrapped the old food pyramid which has been around since 1992 in favor of the "Food Plate."

The guide, which resembles a pie chart, is sliced into four colorful wedges to illustrate the different food groups -- fruits, vegetables, grains and protein -- that the USDA recommends for our daily diet. A small circle to the right is intended to resemble a glass of milk for our dairy intake.

USDA officials say the pyramid was tired out, overly complex and tried to communicate too many different nutrition facts at once.

Naturally Howard was unimpressed. He was even less impressed when he found the U.S.D.A. has already spent $2 million developing and promoting the "plate logo," costs that covered research, focus groups and the creation of a new Web site.

How did we ever manage to survive without big governments and Gov. Markell's help,they now tell us what to eat, when to exercise, what car to drive, what light bulbs we can have, what kind of toilets we can sit upon, what trash we can throw away, internet control,they track our every move...

Surprisingly when I went to my weight watcher meeting (yes, Howard goes to weight watchers - as a trophy husband I owe it to my wife to at least pretend to try and lose weight), several people were impressed with it. They said there was a strong relationship to the weight watchers creed and the "Plate Logo" as it represents portion control.

If they really want to do something they would tax any product that has High-fructose corn syrup which I think is the number one cause of obesity.

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