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What A Fresh, Modern Food Pyramid Looks Like

June 18, 2015 1 min read

aprPictured above is what Australia has adopted as their new, inclusive food pyramid. It was formulated by an Australian not-for-profit organization after recent reports that the country has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. This new pyramid boosts eating healthy quinoa, healthy fats, soy and water. Protein is in a variety of meat and non-meat options, providing a unique mix of nutrients. Legumes are listed twice, as they are both protein and vegetables. It is a far cry from this pyramid, which came to be a rule of thumb for Americans back in 2011. myplate   The simplicity of the MyPlate...well, plate...is so that children can easily understand it. However, in it's simplicity lies it's downfall. The visuals don't communicate what types of grain, protein or vegetables should be consumed. It doesn't suggest the possibility of dairy alternatives and seems to imply, by my interpretation, that dairy should always be drank at meals. The idea that concepts needs to be "dumbed down" for children to understand is another issue, but let's just say modern day nutritionists weren't too pleased with this pyramid design. And for a good reason. Numerous studies have shown that Americans lack the basic understandings of nutrition, unable to properly identify which foods are high or low in nutrients like calcium and fibre. While the Australian pyramid has gone as far as to add helpful hints like "Limit sugar" and "Choose water", the American MyPlate is leaving people with not much to go on. What do you think of the different pyramid styles? Voice your opinion in the comments!          

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