Somewhat off topic, Nutrition Plate Unveiled to Replace the Food Pyramid.
My first thought when I saw this was how very biased it was. As the proud mother of a Chinese-American child, and a happy consumer of Chinese food whenever possible, I looked at this and thought: what? a fork, and no chopsticks? And what's with the "Dairy" circle? Asians and others all over the world rarely eat dairy products, and have excellent health.
Speaking of dairy products, one of the commenters wrote:
Every meal should include foods from the FOUR BASIC FOOD GROUPS:
Meat (Meat, Fish, Eggs)
Dairy (Milk, Cheese)
Fruits & Vegetables (Apples, Tomatoes, Spinach, Green Beans)
Starch (Bread, Potatoes, Corn, Pasta/Macaroni)
If this sounds familiar . . . it was taught in schools up until the Obesity Epidemic.
Maybe we should consider it again.
I confess that I grew up with the schema of the four basic food groups, and I only just noticed that it's a total violation of Jewish dietary law. It's also extremely heavy in protein and fat.
Back to the new plate, what's with the nonsensical color choices? Why should protein be purple, or grains orange?
It's just not helpful to approach a big, sprawling, diverse issue in a top-down, one-size-fits-all fashion, whether it's food or education.
The only good thing I have to say about this new plate design is that it will make no difference whatever to my family's day-to-day life. I wish I could say the same about No Child Left Behind.