Feeling that the USDA’s MyPlate offered poor and inaccurate advice, Harvard decided to release their own version called the Healthy Eating Plate. I stumbled across this story while reading one of the many fitness blogs that I follow, Lisa Johnson Fitness.
This story caught my attention because I’ve previously stated my opinions about MyPlate on my popular article Keep a Food Journal With Myfitnesspal.
It seems that Harvard also felt that the USDA’s MyPlate was heavily influenced by corporate lobbies and bore little resemblance to a healthy meal plan based on real “nutrition science.”
The Healthy Eating Plate recommends:
- Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries don’t count.
- Choose whole grains whenever you can. Limit refined grains, like white rice and white bread, because the body rapidly turns them into blood sugar.
- Pick the healthiest sources of protein, such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts; cut back on red meat; avoid bacon, cold cuts, and other processed meats.
- Healthy oils (like olive and canola oil) are good for you. Don’t be afraid to use them for cooking, on salad, and at the table.
- Drink water, tea, or coffee. Milk and dairy are not must-have foods, limit them to 1-2 servings/day. Go easy on juice. Avoid sugary drinks.
- And stay active!
I still feel that the Harvard version falls short by encouraging the consumption of too many grains. Even when looking for whole grain products, it’s nearly impossible to find items that aren’t processed or contain high fructose corn poison. Their inclusion of fruit juice also leaves me slightly skeptical as nearly all fruit juices found in the stores are merely fruit flavored sugar water. To their credit, they do warn to go easy on it.
I suppose it’s a step in a better direction. The real problem is that all of the conflicting information leaves consumers confused. In the meantime, the obesity epidemic rages on.
As medical costs continue to rise and budgets continue to be cut, preventing obesity-related illnesses is more important than ever. Unfortunately, all of the organizations that we trust to have our best interests in mind are letting us down!
Since you are reading this blog, there’s a high probability that you’re already among a small minority that is actively pursuing a more fit and healthy lifestyle. I’m just preaching to the choir. We have to spread the message that eating right and being active will prevent MANY preventable conditions.
One thing that we can do is to use our social networks to spread helpful and accurate nutrition information. Find me on Facebook and lets get the message out!
Be fit, stay positive, embrace Your Health and Your World!