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Food Pyramid Comes Full Circle


staff report

First there were rectangles, then boxes, circles, and finally triangles. Now we’re back to circles. It seems the U.S. Department of Agriculture almost seems to have combine geometry lessons with nutrition guidelines during the past nine decades.

The 2011 incarnation is back to square…well, circle one, that is. And it paints quite a different picture than icons past.

It was probably inevitable that the icon become a dot com in the current technological frenzy. In a few nano-seconds, it may well become an app.

At least for now, it’s called MyPlate, quite a departure from what Baby Boomers remember in their youth – the vaunted food pyramid and the emphasis on the four groups that some wags insisted included chocolate.

Michelle Obama has made fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables a major part of her d First Lady “plateform.”

She partnered with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to present the new food “icon” to the public as a reminder to help consumers make healthier choices. They apparently keep forgetting because public health experts now say three quarters of Americans are now fat.

As a whole Oklahomans seem to have been asleep at the crock pot too; fruits and veggies are a scarce sight on family dinner plates. That’s borne out by the fact that we are one of the most obese states in the nation.

OU health Sciences nutritionist Dr. Diana Clay said nutritionist are supportive of the change and believe it will make it more appealing for people to make healthier food choices. Visiting the link explains so much about the latest research regarding best eating habits. The plate icon is attractive, simple and he believes it will draw people in to learn more.

Oklahoma’s high obesity rate is of great concern to her and her fellow nutritionists, as well as public health experts

The new guidelines emphasize the careful selection of certain fruit, vegetable, grains protein and dairy food choices.

By visiting, consumers can learn extensive details about the new guidelines and a myriad of ways to meet them with food choice combinations.

As in the past, the guideline will become a beacon for school lunchrooms in Oklahoma and across the nation.

“School nutrition professionals are thrilled to have this new resource to help students understand the importance of healthy eating and well-balanced meal, said Nancy Rice, president School Nutrition Association. “The new food icon clearly shows young people just how important eating fruits and vegetables with their school meals are to their diet, health and development. We hope that parents, teachers and all role models for children will join us in promoting the new food icon to help children gravitate to a lifetime of healthier eating habits.”



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