The USDA’s “My Plate” Makes No Sense

If you’ve ever watched Sesame Street, you may remem­ber the song about cat­e­gories: “One of these things is not like the oth­ers. One of these things just doesn’t belong.” That song ran through my head when I looked at the USDA’s My Plate food group sys­tem, which fea­tures veg­eta­bles, fruits, grains, dairy, and pro­tein. One of the foods groups isn’t like the oth­ers and just doesn’t belong. Can you guess which one?

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PCRM’s Plate Is Better Than USDA’s

The US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture has replaced its Food Pyra­mid with a plate and cup graph­ic, which is far bet­ter at con­vey­ing what they think peo­ple should eat. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, USDA is still encour­ag­ing peo­ple to eat meat and dairy prod­ucts, which con­tribute to the risk of heart dis­ease, can­cer, etc.

pcrm_new-4-food-groups-bmpThe Physi­cians Com­mit­tee For Respon­si­ble Med­i­cine has a much bet­ter idea: a plate graph­ic that shows a tru­ly healthy diet. They call it The Pow­er Plate. It encour­ages peo­ple to eat a pure­ly plant-based diet—the sort of diet that has been shown to be opti­mal for human health.