Opinion on USDA’s MyPlate vs. Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate


Recently the USDA changed from ‘The Food Guide Pyramid’ to ‘MyPlate’ as their new way to inform the public on how to make wise food choices and portion control.   As obesity continues to escalate in our country, the plate idea seems like a positive change, but it has some down sides.  As a visual, the ‘MyPlate’ picture doesn’t provide the detailed information needed to educate people on how to make healthy food choices.  The Harvard School of Public Health, has come out with a ‘plate’ that has a bit more detail written into it that is a welcomed correction. Does this make the plate easier to use or follow?  Yes and No.

My Opinions about Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate…

  • Healthy Food Choices: Listing food choices as well as foods to avoid makes choosing the right foods easier!
  • Added Healthy Oils to the Plate: This was missing from My Plate and is information for maintaining a healthy diet. It would be helpful appropriate portions.
  • The ‘stay active’ logo is a good start: This is so important, it should be a larger logo!
  • Where’s the dairy? Low fat dairy is an important part of a healthy diet, especially for kids.
  • How do people know what foods fit where? Both plates assume the general public understands how foods fit into their food groups.
  • Where are the sweets? Of course sweets are limited, but should we assume that everyone stopped eating sweets?  Maybe appropriate portion sizes would be helpful!!!
  • Who is this targeting? Would pictures of portion sizes be more helpful?  More explanation is needed, however,  visuals may be easier to understand.

See the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate

Anyone have any other ideas?




  • By SLeepydew, March 30, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    I’m not much of a dessert eater, but I think they need to acknowledge that people can eat a couple of cookies otherwise this is going to turn some people off. Love the comment on water, but wish they’d say avoid artificially sweetened drinks too. Surprised there’s no endorsement of yogurt and surprised the lowfat dairy is so limited considering the calcium benefits. Glad they called out potatoes– some people count them as veggies. Here’s a tough question: How the heck do we get that proportion of veggies at breakfast?

  • By build big muscle fast, April 1, 2012 @ 10:41 am

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  • By admin, April 10, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    Excellent observation!!! Have your kids try a veggie shake before school! ;)

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