It is supposed to be scientifically determined healthy diet. It appears that MyPlate might have been based not just on science but also on the demands of the food industry lobby.
The charge comes from a respected source, Harvard School of Public Health.Is USDA Pandering to the Food Industry?
In the past, he had also criticized the previous USDA food pyramid for the same reason.
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Willett is a respected epidemiologist who literally wrote the textbook on nutrition. Now he has put together what he thinks is a healthy plate.
The graphic at the top of the page shows USDA’s MyPlate and his Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate Click on the image for a larger version.What is Wrong with MyPlate?
Some of Dr. Willett’s observations on MyPlate include:
MyPlate recommends dairy at every meal despite a lack of any scientific benefit of milk and despite the fact that too much dairy may be bad for you.
USDA does not distinguish between healthier proteins such as seafood, nuts and beans and less desirable proteins such as red meat and cold cuts.
USDA makes no distinctions between healthy vegetables and potatoes (or even french fries) or between whole grain and refined flour or between beneficial fats and trans-fats.
USDA is silent on unhealthy sugary drinks.Harvard Recommendations
So, how does one have healthy life style? The professor recommends the following:
Walter Willett’s Healthy Plate is a start. He says, “Pump up the produce (not the potatoes). Pick healthy protein sources and whole grains. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Use healthy plant oils. And stay active.”
He also has a handy-dandy food pyramid for ready reference. Click on the image for a larger version.
For more information follow these links:
USDA site for Choose My Plate
Harvard Serves Up Its Own Plate from Harvard Gazette
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