Nutrition plate unveiled

Michelle Obama unveils
“We realized that we needed something that made sense not just in classrooms or laboratories, but at dinner tables and school cafeterias. We needed something useful, something simple,” the first lady said. “And that’s why I like the MyPlate approach so much, because when it comes to eating, what’s more useful than a plate? What’s more simple than a plate? This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating. ”The response to and its attendant messaging campaign was generally positive. Marion Nestle, professor, nutrition expert and critic of the baffling MyPyramid from 2005, had kind words for the simplified dinner plate: “It’s an enormous improvement, an enormous improvement, because it reflects where we are on dietary guidance and what we know about nutrition and health. So the things I like best about it are: half fruits and vegetables [on the plate, and] the idea that the messages that go with it start with, ‘Enjoy your food.’ What a concept, although they didn’t talk about that this morning. I don’t know what that’s about. I like the idea that you can put on the plate whatever you like, so it’s not saying what you have to eat and what you can’t eat and what you mustn’t eat. You just have to follow the proportions, and you don’t have to worry about portion sizes, because all you have to do is have an eight-inch plate and you got it made.”
Source:, June 2, 2011


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