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#Myplate/PCRM's powerplate

So is anyone else paying attention to the new USDA food guidelines/Myplate?

Okay, so twitter is abuzz about this thing. People are saying it's better because it's simple, but others are saying it's too simple, people will count potatoes as a veggie and not a starch (OH NOES! WHATEVER SHALL WE DO!?) NOTE: Starch is not on the plate and potatoes are veggies. I suppose this was written by someone who demonizes carbs.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM, posted an article today regarding the fact that the plate does not exactly fall in line with the gov's actual actions. They recommend half your plate be full of fruits and veggies but they subsidize unhealthy foods. This is a good point, but I don't suppose we can have it all.

In regards to the new plate being 'too confusing' because of the potato issues and some people not knowing what a protein is (seriously?) I have to say that those people, people who are unwilling to educate themselves the slightest bit about nutrition, are not the kind of people who are trying to eat healthy anyhow. The plate is a start, it can not be an end-all-be-all thing. 

It is sad but people just don't care about nutrition or the state of their health or the cost/burden of it on the economy. The plate may pick up a few people who were wanting to watch what they eat, people who don't know what a protein is and dont' feel compelled to look it up, well, they are most likely a lost cause anyhow.

This is the PCRM's PowerPlate, which I try and follow:

Although there are some faults with the govt's 'my plate', it's better than the old pyramid and it does say 'protein' instead of meat. Honestly dairy does not need to be there, but the govt has an interest in keeping Big Food in business.

If you have ever been even slightly interested in going veg, check out the PCRM site, they have a 21 day vegan kickstart they help you with. 

What do you think of the govt's new 'my plate' and the PCRM's PowerPlate?


  1. I'm all for simplifying healthy eating for the masses. There will never be a perfect plan and people will always complain and pick it apart.


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  3. Dairy is still on there, but it's sidelined off the main plate, implying it's not as central a part of a balanced diet -- which to me is still a pretty startling thing considering the power of the dairy lobby.

  4. Safire, agreed!

    Courney, I am doing two challenges starting in the next two weeks or I would.

    Stentor, I don't think it looks like it's not central, I think it just cleverly looks like a cup of milk where a cup would be. ha. ;)


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