food for thought

First lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil a new food icon during an event at the Agriculture Department in Washington. The Agriculture Department unveiled the new food icon as a replacement for the food pyramid to help people to make healthier food choices.

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39 Responses to “food for thought”

  1. 1 StR
    June 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Rather see water replace the daily on the image. Also fruits/Veg should have been in the same segment and made it half the plate.

    • 2 StR
      June 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      *dairy not daily.

      • 3 isonprize
        June 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        I’m with you on the dairy piece, but you that “dairy lobby” is powerful. VERY powerful. There are lots of folks for whom a glass of milk is a sentence to a rumbling stomach for the rest of the day.

        My daddy used to say “milk is only good for baby cows” And if you think about it, we are the only species that drinks the food that was made for baby mammals. We rarely drink milk in my family (Though I have to admit, I do keep the Lactaid pills around for those moments of weakness that involve a pint of Ben & Jerry’s chunky monkey…)

        • 4 Puddin'
          June 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          I am live in California (one of the 10 states that raw dairy is not banned) and I can enjoy (raw) dairy…no lactaid pills required. Raw dairy still has the enzymes humans need to digest dairy.

    • 5 Aquagranny911
      June 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Agree about water. Most people don’t drink enough real unflavored and plain ordinary water. We live in the desert here so water is a staple and we make sure our kiddos are being kept hydrated. I babysit my Grandkiddos a lot and I make sure that all of them, from the youngest with his sippy cup to the oldest have a convenient water bottle filled with fresh water handy at all times.

    • 6 Suzanne
      June 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      StR, you sound like a very healthy guy, but many people aren’t. If fruit and vegetables were in the same segment, people would think they could eat all fruit. Those who have to watch their blood sugar for any reason or have diabetes could not eat that much fruit. Fruit and vegetables should definitely be separate for health reasons. They just aren’t interchangeable.

      I can’t digest milk but dairy includes wonderful healthy foods like kefir and yogurt which I can eat. I think it’s a wonderful image. It’s very understandable and it immediately makes me think of my plate and what I have on it.

      • 7 StR
        June 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        Fair point. I just think veggies are being undersold, and don’t think of fruit at meals. I’d rather see fruit off to the side of the plate as a snack/desert option, with veggies taking up half of the dinner plate by itself.

        • 8 Aquagranny911
          June 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

          Actually, SR “fruit” could be:

          tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, probably several species in the squash family and more. Giving kiddos a few apple slices, a half an orange, or a few seasonal berries or melon on their plates at a meal along with the other food groups is a good thing.

          Frankly,imo, this logo for good eating is aimed at the young, not us older folk who have already decided just what and how we will eat.

    • June 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      lets not ruffle too many feathers now. People will still follow what’s best for them.

  2. 10 Fred
    June 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    very easy 😀

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      June 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Your’re right Fred. It’s so easy to understand. The other food pyramid was ok, but it was too much stuff for a lot of people. My Food Plate is simple, quick and easy to follow. Especially in this busy world we live in.

  3. June 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Funny how they have to have dairy on that icon…USDA gotta keep them some dairy farmers happy. The fact that every single human on the planet can survive quite nicely for a hundred plus years without ever having any dairy shouldn’t be a concern. Can they please remake that video with someone else, please? I am NOT a fan of Tom (Monsanto) Vilsack. And I’m sorry, he just doesn’t pull of the enthusiasm written into the script.

    • June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      edit: pull off

      At least they put protein and not meat. That’s an improvement.

      • 14 isonprize
        June 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        HERE HERE!! Plus, the whole state of Wisconsin would just curl up and die. I actually had a co-worker who was vegan. Born and raised in Wisconsin. I was like “WOW, how did you do that?” She answered with a straight face, “We moved.”

    • 15 Suzanne
      June 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Tien Le, Dairy doesn’t just mean cow’s milk. I love kefir, yogurt, cheese and curds which are very healthy and are dairy products. I don’t know if goat’s milk is considered dairy or just cow’s milk, but I love goat’s milk — delicious and also expensive.

    • 18 Aquagranny911
      June 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Totally agree about the use of “protein” rather than meat and also about “dairy” Maybe I’m a bit prejudiced against the dairy because somehow my family has inherited a gene that gives us allergies and intolerance for cow’s milk products. And this family does quite nicely, thank you, without products made from that kind of milk.

      • 19 Suzanne
        June 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Aquagranny, I have the same problem and drink goat’s milk when it’s on sale. It is SO delicious! Also, expensive. But it doesn’t cause the reaction. I can drink kefir, eat greek yogurt, and curds which is the precursor to cheese with no problems.

        • 20 Aquagranny911
          June 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

          Goats milk is great and we are so fortunate to have a family member who raises goats and provides us all with milk. You are fortunate to be able to tolerate some fermented cows milk products. Some of us are so allergic that we have to read labels very carefully. One of my littlest nephews recently had a nasty reaction from just chewing some gum for a few minutes that was sweetened by some extract of cow milk sugar. He is VERY allergic to anything made with cows milk or any of its products. I know I am prejudiced against cows milk for this very reason, so please forgive me.

  4. 21 halo
    June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Romney is hilarious.

    Let’s boil down his argument:

    Obama, the European socialist who is simultaneously a hesitant, yet tyrannical Kenyan Muslim, is destroying America

    • 22 anniebella
      June 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Those eight years under G.W., with two unpaid for wars, tax cuts for rich folks, and the prescription drug plan which wasn’t paid for either, that had nothing to do with the mess our country is in, did it flip flopper? Let’s see how far he runs from that Romneycare.

  5. 23 Aquagranny911
    June 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    That “My Plate” icon is so totally great! Children can easily relate to this much better than that old “food pyramid” I know I can be asking my own grandkiddos if they ate something from each portion of their plates. All of them love fruits and vegetables. The only thing I might change is to add “or soy milk” to the dairy circle because almost all my grandchildren are allergic or intolerant to dairy but otherwise this is just wonderful for our kiddos.

    I really bless our FLOTUS for all her good work to get our children eating right and exercising. Thanks for writing this diary. It really cheered me up today.

  6. 24 anniebella
    June 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Seem like I’m sensing alot of complaints. Eat what you want, hopefully it will be good for you and to you. I can say something about protein being there instead of meat. I like my meat.

    • 25 pinkbunny
      June 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Spot on! It’s a guide, not a command 🙂

      Personally I think it’s great, visually stimulating, easy to understand, and makes an impactful message.

      • 26 Aquagranny911
        June 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        Totally agree, pinkbunny and this is really about reaching & teaching the children. This is a visual I know they will like and understand way better than that old pyramid. Just joking, but maybe Elmo on Sesame Street had a chat with Michelle or maybe she’s just a good Mom who understands what kids like. ♥

    • 27 Aquagranny911
      June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I like meat myself but you might be surprised at how many small children don’t like or will reject meat at a meal. Often they will eat eggs, beans, fish, tofu, and other sources of protein while rejecting actual slices of meat unless it might be a hot dog or they might nibble at a hamburger if it comes with a toy in a “happy meal.”

      When I set up plates or meals for my littlest Grandkiddos, I concentrate on fresh fruits and vegetables, some form of grain or carbs and if we have meat, I give them small bits, maybe a tablespoon or so. They can always have more but I find that I have to cajole them to finish the meat while they are asking for more vege or rice.

    • 28 Luci1119
      June 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      And me too anniebella, me too 🙂

  7. 29 anniebella
    June 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    One more thing, FLOTUS looks good ae usual.

  8. 30 Debz
    June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I agree children can relate to the plate rather than the old tired pyramid. After all these years, it’s time for something new. Also FLOTUS does look good.

  9. 31 Suzanne
    June 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I really like the First Lady’s image. It’s much more understandable. Everyone can picture a plate like that and the dairy could be a glass of milk or small container of yogurt. I like very much that everything is separated. People with blood sugar problems have to respect the amount of fruit they eat so fruit and vegetables should be separate. I think it’s a win! She has done so much toward raising the consciousness of this country about healthy eating. I respect her and anytime I see something like this it makes me think about my choices. I am really on board with this image. Our FLOTUS is fabulous!

  10. 32 QuietObserver
    June 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Well, I like the fact that fruits/veggies take up half the plate and that all the terms are general enough for people of diverse diets to be able to follow. I agree that water should be promoted more, but I guess that the plate focuses only on food and not beverages. I think we need a water campaign too.

    BTW, I remember when the food pyramid debuted. I was a very young girl, and I don’t think I ever quite grasped the concept; my take away from the pyramid was always ‘eat a lot of food, enough to fill up this pyramid’. =)

  11. June 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Quet Observer I am with you, on all points. As a former elementary teacher I would love to have had such an attractive guide to good eating to use to introduce a unit on good health. It is general enough to approach the subject for any diet.. And listen people dairy products cause problems for certain allergies, but so do many other foods that you would not want to give up.. I love butter on my toast, cream in my coffee, and cheese on my apple pie.. and they tell me calcium has not gone out of fashion either!! So I say–Good Work to whoever it was that made the change from the pyramid to the plate!

  12. June 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    this is much easier for those who want to follow the guideline. That dairy spot though,no no. Not big enough for my Haagen Dazs.

  13. June 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Right winger says: first they ration health care now they wanna ration my food.

  14. 37 P
    June 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Yummy!!!!! FLOTUS actually made me a lot more health conscious. I don’t eat unhealthy foods often. Bdw Mrs Obama looks very pretty here 🙂

  15. 38 Carolyn
    June 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I like that colorful plate with the big vegetable section! I, too, like someone else said, never understood that pyramid thing. I read that the cereal companies had a lot of input into that one so the grain section would be huge. I like the balance of this one…..and dairy has a wide range of choices. Let’s be thankful that our First Lady is doing concrete, helpful things that will benefit the next generations. I watch what people put in their grocery carts sometimes, and I’m appalled at all the processed food. I also notice a difference in grocery carts where I live in Oklahoma, and those in California I see when I visit my sister. Much more fresh food and good for you food in California…..of course, Oklahoma is also one of the five most obese states.
    This one will have long term effects. She and her husband both, working for the long term.

  16. June 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love the graphic…it’s much more sensible than the pyramid. I eat plenty of dairy, and your right, the graphic does tend to make it look like you have to drink milk to get that dairy, so it was a knee-jerk reaction on my part. Dairy can mean from goats and yogurt, too. This is me hating on Tom Vilsack. Oh well.

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