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Nutrition Plate Unveiled , Replacing Food Pyramid   “It’s better than the pyramid, but that’s not saying a lot,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University."-NY Times


In the 2006 movie, Idiocracy, Private Joe Bauers, played by Luke Wilson, is chosen by the military secret hibernation program.  Bauers is forgotten and wakes up 500 years in the future.  He finds that the modern world has been dumb-downed to the extent that society is barely able to function and although he was the average guy in his time, he is now light years ahead of everyone in terms of intelligence.  He's like a Jeopardy champion in  a world of absolute morons.

We can point to many things which indicate we have been moving slowly to a real life state of Idiocracy.  This morning we will give an example ripped from the pages of current events.  The First Lady has introduced the new and improved Nutrition Plate!


The Nutrition Plate was designed because the last two symbols were apparently too difficult to understand:



We understand that all these symbols are made with the best intentions and the people responsible mean well, but they miss the point on good nutritional recommendations.  In the year 2011 there's really no excuse, with all the advancements in nutritional research and information, for people not to find cutting edge nutritional information.

The Nutrition Plate still shows Grains and Vegetables as being equal and what should be eaten mostly.  Obviously, vegetables should be featured prominently, but grains????  I guess if the government is going to be subsidizing corn they must figure they better make sure grains makes a special appearance on the Nutrition Plate.  Oddly enough, grains are hardly mentioned in the Nutrition Plate article.  Grains are the food group most responsible for obesity and other health problems, but they didn't merit any discussion in the article.  Perhaps the writer knows the deal and decided better to not say anything to say something negative.  Or something truthful that would "go against the grain", pun intended, of the government's newest piece of arts and crafts.


“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.”–NY Times, Nutrition Plate Unveiled, Replacing Food Pyramid


Do we really need the government to tell us how to feed our children?  Since we're "bombarded with so many dietary messages that it's hard to find time to sort through all this information" why is the government adding to the problem?  It's obviously not because they have the best information or even the right information.  Sometimes when I have a free moment in between trying to figure out what I'm going to feed my children I ponder the concept of not having a Food Pyramid or Nutrition Plate.  I imagine the citizens of my country surviving without the government's charts.  I imagine my fellow country men doing their own research and finding ways to obtain the very best nutrition information available and raising their children without the help of the government.  Yes, I realize it's scary, but I think if we really had to—let's say we needed to save the tax payers some money–we'd probably survive without the charts, pyramids and plates.


“It’s better than the pyramid, but that’s not saying a lot,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University.

Dr. Nestle praised the plate for being generally easy to understand, but she said that labeling a large section of the plate “protein” was confusing and unnecessary, because grains and dairy products also are important sources of protein and most Americans get far more protein than they need."–NY Times, Nutrition Plate Unveiled, Replacing Food Pyramid

Marion, Marion, Marion.  Where do I begin?

What is a professor of nutrition and what are the requirements? 

On what are you basing the assertion that "Americans get far more protein than they need"?

Why is a professor of nutrition confused by a "large' portion of protein and how is it that there is NO mention that Americans are getting far more grains than they should?


"The Agriculture Department said that it had conducted focus groups with about 4,500 people, including children, as it developed the plate."–NY Times, Nutrition Plate Unveiled, Replacing Food Pyramid

And they still got it wrong. 


"The project, with the Web site and related educational materials, cost about $2 million."

Who is paying for the government's arts and crafts?  That's right, we are.  For a lot less money and without the need for an "anti-obesity" team,  parents can watch the below video then show it to their children:



Following the advice in the above video wiil do far more to promote good health, proper weight management and better performance than anything the government has come up with in recent times or in the last fory years.

If you have a good handle on how to eat to optimize your health, fitness and performance then help spread the information to those who don't know.

If you don't have a good handle on the subject then find someone who does.  Get pointed in the right direction.  There are better options than what is offered on the Nutrition Plate.

By George Demetriou


4 Responses

  1. George

    Debbie brought up a good point that I failed to mention: Where’s the FAT on the nutrition plate?
    Don’t tell me the “Anti-Obesity Team” still believes that fat makes you fat!?!?!?

  2. Barbara Olsen

    I don’t go around “preaching” about Paleo. However, lately I have been getting lots of questions about what I am doing and what have I done to get the results that I have gotten. So of course, when asked, I give them any and ALL of the information that I know. Some yes me to death and tell me that they can never give up bread or pasta and some really listen to what I say. A few do a little research and then tell me that they don’t have time but the few that actually have listened, researched and tried are seeing great results. A male friend in his 40s has lost over 30 pounds by changing his diet to Paleo without even working out!!!! Another femaled friend in her 20s recently had a baby and told me she was having trouble losing the baby weight. It was just last weekend that I saw her and today I received a message from her thanking me and telling me that she is already seeing results just by changing to a Paleo diet!!!! I mean if people are to lazy to try to better themselves what more can we do. Do we honestly think that every time the government changes the “food guide” people change their eating habits. Unfortunately we are all creatures of habit and we have to start CHANING OUR HABITS!!!

  3. George

    Spot on!!
    The best way to get people to change their habits is (1) having them meet others who have done so, like you, so that they know it can be done and (2) educated them so they know there is a better way and how to go about implementing.
    In our experience, once someone is made aware of a healthier lifestyle they will change quickly if they were already looking to change. The others will be slow to change….they may need a doctor to tell them they are diabetic, as happened to one friend, to get them to do things differently. Others will come around slowly as they break their emotional attachments to bad habits.
    In any event…keep providing the example and the information. If we build it they will come….or something like that!

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