Harvard challenges USDA’s MyPlate

09/16/2011 10:13:00 AM
Fred Wilkinson

The Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Health Publications has created “a better version” of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, calling it the Healthy Eating Plate.

The Healthy Eating Plate essentially takes the visual part of MyPlate — which “doesn’t offer much in the way of useful information,” Harvard Heart Letter editor P.J. Skerrett wrote in a blog post announcing Harvard’s plate — and adds short descriptions that elaborate on how much of what should be eaten.

The vegetables section says: “The more veggies — and the greater the variety — the better. Potatoes and french fries don’t count.”

The fruits section says: “Eat plenty of fruits of all colors.”

Beyond the blog post announcing the plate, the Harvard Health Publications website has a page dedicated to the Healthy Eating Plate.



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Lucy Barraud    
UK  |  September, 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

This plate is similar to the Eatwell Plate over here in the UK. Has a target age range been clearly assigned to the information regarding this educational material, as there has been quite a lot of confusion in the UK regarding this. The Eatwell Plate is suitable for those aged 5 and over, but not for those younger, as their dietary needs are different. Many Nurseries in the UK were using the diagram as a template and thus misjudging the calorific and fibre intake for the children at Nursery ie: too few calories, not enough carbs and too much fibre. Id be interested to know how the under 5's have been considered and there are moves afoot to develop a different model for them?

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