Do We Have a Contender? Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate Challenges USDA's MyPlate

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  • Oct 18, 2011

Do We Have a Contender? Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate Challenges USDA's MyPlate In an interesting move, the Harvard School of Public Health announced last month that it has its own Healthy Eating Plate in direct response to the USDA's new and " too simple " MyPlate guidelines

 In an interesting move, the Harvard School of Public Health announced last month that it has its own Healthy Eating Plate in direct response to the USDA's new and "too simple" MyPlate guidelines. Citing the USDA's overly-simplistic approach to healthy eating and the government's muddled messaging that aligns itself too closely to agricultural interests, not scientific evidence, for what to eat, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate claims to fill in for MyPlate's shortcomings.

For instance, the Healthy Eating Plate specifies that eating whole grains is better than refined grains. And MyPlate neglects to distinguish between the varying healthfulness of proteins; whereas Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate says that fish, poultry, beans and nuts are better protein choices than red meats. And when it comes to dairy, the Healthy Eating Plate does not promote drinking milk at every meal as does the MyPlate plan (which also says nothing about sugary drinks).

Another sticking point for the Harvard team behind the new Healthy Eating Plate is that the MyPlate plan says nothing about the importance of exercise while eating healthfully.

Taken from Harvard's press release, the Healthy Eating Plate plan is summarized as follows:

So, Harvard wants us to eat more vegetables, less potatoes, choose a wider variety of fruits, pay attention to healthy fats, and drink more water. That doesn't sound too far from what MyNetDiary has been saying all along. Of course, they also want us to avoid bacon whenever possible, but we slightly disagree on that one.

This just goes to show that there is room for creativity on all our plates, and as long as we are making sensible choices for ourselves and our families. So we say, eat right for what's right for you, don't forget to exercise, and track calories

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