Building Food Plates Where the Food Pyramid Once Stood
Tomorrow morning, the United States Department of Agriculture plans to roll out its latest food icon (PDF). The new icon won’t resemble a stick figure mounting a rainbow-colored pyramid. The derided, underutilized food pyramid, released in 2005, is on the way out. Goodbye, food pyramid.
The new icon won’t resemble the ideas our readers sent in as part our Redesign the Food Pyramid contest, either. Nope, it’s going to be a plain old plateful of food. And the message in the icon should be obvious. As Margo Wootan, a nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, explained, “A plate is generally what people eat off of, rather than a take-out box.”
The design will be out in the morning. So, it’s worth looking back at some of the other plate icons out there. Here's the British Food Standards Agency's Eatwell Plate:
The American Institute for Cancer research put out the "New American Plate":
And the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine put out a vegetarian Power Plate: