Thursday, December 15, 2011

Healthy Plate

Recently the USDA put out a new version of their food guidelines called My Plate. Although it is an improvement over the previous pyramid, it does little to actually educate folks on what smart choices could be. For example, under "Protein" you could easily fit in a hot dog. But, is that healthy?

So, the very smart folks at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School put together a better Healthy Eating Plate:

Notice that they recommend limiting red meats and avoiding processed meats. Also note that they emphasize that french fries do not count as a serving of vegetables. Finally, note the glass of water on the top left hand corner. Water is the healthiest drink to have. Kids should not be consuming caffeinated tea or coffee. They even go so far as limiting dairy to 1-2 servings a day and fruit juice to 1 small serving a day.

This is a much better version of the food guidelines. Print it up and tape it to your refrigerator!