In their seemingly never-ending quest to prove that they know less than nothing about nutrition, the USDA has recently replaced their highly successful Food Pyramid with the new MyPlate food icon (I think I can hear you cheering from here). Check it out in all its glory at www.choosemyplate.gov.
In case you can’t tell by the tone of that last paragraph, I’m less than thrilled about MyPlate. Aside from the fact that I’ve always found it insulting that our government thinks adults need a colorful reminder about what foods to eat, they still seem intent on feeding us crap we shouldn’t be consuming. But that doesn’t matter, because it would be stupid to grow all that grain if you couldn’t sell it to everyone, right?
It just seems a little preposterous that we allow the group responsible for promoting the trade of foods like grain and dairy products to tell us what we should be eating. Anyone think that perhaps they’ll work backwards from “we’ve got grain and it’s not going to sell itself”? I wonder if anyone would care if the FDA started telling everyone to take two Prozacs a day… but I digress.
I suppose I should be happy that the USDA was little more subtle about being in cahoots (yes, I just used the word cahoots – it’s a fun word and I recommend you try to use it today) with the industry that makes money selling us food. Rather than make grain the entire foundation of our diet, they’ve decided that roughly a quarter of your plate is good enough, nevermind that no human would ever eat grain naturally in the first place. The dairy thing is more than a little weird, too. Anyone notice that we’re the only adults in any species that drink milk? Weirder still is that it’s not even our milk! I wonder who first thought drinking cow milk sounded like a good idea… I can only assume this person wasn’t in the running for a Rhodes Scholarship.
Anyhow, please do not make MyPlate your plate. Eat what nature (not farmers) gives you and let the government get back to what they’re best at – spending money they don’t have.