Government Food Pyramid Replaced By Plate

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Remember the food pyramid? Well, it’s history. Welcome “the plate.”

The First Lady, Surgeon General and the Agriculture Secretary unveiled the government’s new tool to help guide your food choices.

“It seems to look like it’s softer, the definite layout of a plate, rather than, it’s a little harder to visualize a pyramid when you’re eating,” says a woman having lunch in Market Square.

“This is open to misinterpretation,” says one young man pointing to the old “pyramid.” He refers to the new plate, “This being one-fourth, you can see there’s four [food groups].”

“I would try to eat more vegetables, fruits, grains, and stuff,” says one young woman, based on the plate layout. “And limit the protein and the dairy, because the dairy is the smallest of all of them.”

The new, easier to understand icon is a plate split into four sections, varying in size depending on the portion of each food you should eat.

“We eat off of a plate, so it’s something that you can kind of visualize better by whether you’re in a restaurant or at home, how your plate is set up. So I think it is a good diagram to use,” says Laura Cordero, a dietician at St. Clair Hospital.

Basically, the diagram shows that fruits and vegetables should make up half of every meal. For grains, choose whole grains and for dairy go with skim or low-fat milk products.

Other recommendations include looking for lower sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals. Also, pick water over sugary drinks.

If you go to, you can look at it online and click on each section of the plate for more information.

To see how people are putting this into action, the USDA wants everyone to take pictures and share them, using the #MyPlate hash tag on Twitter.

But will this really change the eating habits?

“Portion control is the biggest thing to get across,” adds Cordero.

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  • JustSaying

    Ok, my thoughts on this are that if you can’t understand the food pyramid, you have bigger problems than just your diet. Bigger on the bottom means more of those foods, tapering off to the smallest portions on the top. A plate vs a pyramid? Ok, fine but you better get that brain checked out too!

  • Daniel

    I am so glad that they did this. Eating food off a plate is so much easier than eating off a pyramid!

  • Chuck

    Why do we need to be told what and how to eat. who allowed this. oh yea why didn”t someone do something, someone should take care of me, what should I do. help me nanny. children or sucking on the teats of America and someday you will grow up to be a child.

  • Todd

    How many millions of taxpayer dollars did this cost?

  • The Holy Blowfish

    A classic example of the dumbing down of America and government waste

  • Alfred E Newman

    Obama changes the food pyramid to a plate while the nation sinks deeper in debt…brilliant!

  • John

    The story behind it is that the milk and meat industry are heavily subsidized and their marketing is slick. The idea of this pyramid is that the healthiest foods are vegetables, grains, and fruits unlike what marketing portrays.

    • kristy

      you’re 100% right on the money, john. the american diet sucks big time. no wonder people in this country are so fat and unhealthy.

  • John

    The idea of this plate not pyramid.

  • Jeff

    That’s a positive change for once. Now if we can only get healthier food to become less expensive than junk food, then we will be on the right track.

  • Jeff
  • Dan

    I wonder how much $ the dairy industry contributed to lobbying for it’s inclusion in this new advice?

  • kristy

    i’m sure as much as the beef and pork councils.

  • swin

    So the government spends millions of dollars to tell you how to eat. And you don’t think that government is out of control? Well try this ‘ ‘EAT 3 BALANCED NUTRITIOUS MEALS A DAY”. There – and I didn’t charge you anything.

  • John

    The reason why the healthier food is more expensive is because it is not government subsidized heavily like meat and milk. With the slick marketing of the milk and meat industry, ithe government needs to “tell the truth” and help the public get more accurate information on what is healthy. Plant-based foods can help prevent and reverse heart disease and people need to be able to see this and not have their vision clouded by companies who are interested in only making money and don’t care about people’s health.

    • kristy

      you’re 100% correct. slick advertising, fancy logos, etc. brainwash people. don’t you just love the commercials that tout sugar-laden cereals as being healthy?!

  • John

    More than 60 percent of agricultural subsidies in recent history have directly and indirectly supported meat and dairy production. Less than 1 percent have gone to fruits and vegetablesThe plate icon advises Americans to limit high-fat products like meat and cheese, but the federal government is subsidizing these very products with billions of tax dollars and giving almost no support to fruits and vegetables.

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