Whoops. Looks like I let the three-day weekend get the best of me. Sorry for no recent updates. Back to the world of good eating, good exercise and other fun pursuits…
The Food Pyramid is getting a makeover. I applaud the change – though it hasn’t even been revealed yet (They’re unveiling it Thursday). The New York Time wrote about the change up Tuesday. Apparently, this one’s going to look like a dish (don’t you dare call it a pie), which half of the dish being handed over to fruits and vegetables. Perfect.
Have you seen the thing they’re replacing? It’s confusing even to the health conscious.
In a rather funny quote, Walter C. Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, said “It’s going to be hard not to do better than the current pyramid, which basically conveys no useful information.” (emphasis is mine)
Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is quoted in the article saying that if the symbol succeeded in getting people to eat significantly more fruits and vegetables, that alone would be an achievement.
“The reality is that very few of us eat like what has been suggested” in government guidelines for healthy eating, Dr. Kessler said. “There’s a world of difference between what’s being served and what’s on that plate.”
In the article, Robert C. Post, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, said the plate to get across several basic nutritional messages, including urging consumers to eat smaller portions, switch to low-fat or fat-free milk and drink water instead of sugary drinks.