The FDA recently released it’s replacement for the Food Pyramid, which is called My Plate.

I have long been a believer that the Food Pyramid offered poor advice on how to eat a healthy and sustainable diet.  Let alone did it do any good for those looking to lose weight.  I’m sorry, but if your diet consist of mostly breads, cereals and corn…you’re not going to be dropping body fat or feeling better.

Here is the “old” Food Pyramid:

The new My Plate:

Here are the pros and cons, in my humble opinion, of the FDA’s new recommendations:

PROS

-Grains are no longer the largest percentage of food intake.  Although barely, vegetables have passed up grains, which is a good thing because no ever got fat from eating too many vegetables.

-I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, but I’ve heard that the “dairy” off to the side implies that it’s optional.  If that’s the case, then I consider this a pro seeing as how dairy can be highly inflammatory to some people’s bodies.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a cold glass of milk, but for many people it can be a sneaky way to get in a bunch of extra calories and can be giving their digestive tract fits without them even realizing it.

I’m not demonizing it, I’m just saying I think it’s a good thing if it’s not “required” as a part of the FDA’s recommendations.

That’s pretty much it, as far as I can see, for the pros.

CONS:

-Grains continue to be recommended as a very large percentage of a “healthy” meal.  Maybe it’s due to effective lobbying, but I don’t understand how anyone can recommend consuming that much grain on a regular basis in an effort to eat healthy.

Along with the grain suggestion, it’s recommended that half of your grains come from whole grains.  So as long as you eat a bowl of oatmeal for every bowl of Lucky Charms, you’re good!  Oh wait…I forgot that Lucky Charms are a whole grain now……

-Protein is the second smallest portion.  Protein happens to be the building block for lean muscle as well as the macronutrient with the smallest calorie to gram ratio (it carries much fewer calories for each gram) as well as tends to have the biggest impact on your metabolism, but yet it still gets placed way down the priority list.

-Where are the fats?  No nuts, avocados or healthy oils to be found.  I say “boo” to that!

-My guess is that, although I’d like to believe what I mentioned above, the dairy is recommended to drink at every meal.  And like I mentioned above, this may not be a good idea for a lot of people.

-Over 75% of the plate consists of carbohydrates (grains, vegetables, fruits).  This is a great recipe for weight gain as well as for feeling bloated, lethargic and, in general, lousy.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, of the pros and cons.  I’m actually shooting from the hip a bit with this.  But I’m interested in hearing from you all.  Any pros or cons that you see to the new My Plate?  Post them in the comments below and keep the conversation rolling!

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