Earlier this month, First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate. MyPlate replaces MyPyramid, which began as the Food Guide Pyramid back in 1992.
MyPlate puts emphasis on fruits and veggies, along with protein, grains and dairy.
In the USDA’s press release announcing the new icon, Michelle Obama says, “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country.”
You just have to see the icon once to commit the image to memory: Half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables; almost one quarter is then filled with lean protein and the other quarter with healthy grains. Easy as pie–well, so to speak!
Have you already started to fill your dinner plate using the new icon as a guide? If so, the USDA encourages you to share pictures of your plate on Twitter and Flickr. They’ve created a special hashtag and photo group dedicated to MyPlate.
Reaction across the Internet has been mixed: Some think MyPlate doesn’t go far enough to promote healthy eating. Others think it’s a great step from the pyramid, which many found confusing. What do you think? Is the new icon changing your healthy eating habits?