The USDA’s MyPlate vs. Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate

September 16, 2011

Harvard just released the sort of dietary advice the USDA would have, if the agency wasn’t so thoroughly corrupted by agribusiness interests.

Compare the USDA’s MyPlate below with Harvard’s version beneath it. In each way they differ, Harvard’s plate is superior. Why specify grains rather than whole grains? Why specify protein generically, when you could specify avoiding the most unhealthful protein choices? And why specify milk when you could specify water? In each case, it’s because the USDA is looking out for agribusiness, whereas Harvard is looking out for your health. I’m certain our friends at the National Dairy Council are livid that Harvard replaced the glass of milk with water.

Be sure to read the advice Harvard includes along with its plate graphic: it’s all commonsense stuff you’ll never hear from the USDA. (Thanks, Kristie.)

This is the icon for MyPlate which replaced MyPyramid in June 2011. The new MyPlate icon is composed of a plate divided into 4 sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. A dairy section is off the plate to the side. The MyPlate graphic is positioned on a placemat with the website ChooseMyPlate.gov written underneath. The 5 sections of MyPlate are clickable and go to food group subpages.

Healthy Eating Plate (healthy-eating-plate-700.jpg)

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