It has been reported by various agencies that the Obama Administration intends to do away with the long-standing Food Pyramid (later dubbed “My Pyramid”) and announce its replacement this Thursday, a circular pie chart-looking thingamabobber. Among the explanations I have read, apparently it will be easier for American consumers to understand — as opposed to that funny-shaped three-sided doohickie we have had for the past 20 years.
The obesity epidemic (and given that point, a round figure representing healthy eating seems ironic) is indicative that Americans are somehow incapable of eating a well-balanced diet. Maybe they will be better able to understand the plate-chart. Of course, this assumes that people eat off of plates instead of, oh, paper-wrapped sandwiches, burritos, and other foods given to the consumer in paper bags or on rectangular trays. Might the people who actually make it a point to eat properly be a different audience than those who order lunch from the comfort of their automobile? One does wonder…
Let’s consider how this has evolved. First we had the Food Pyramid, and those food groups that should comprise the greatest portion of the diet made up the Pyramid’s base (those recommendation have been modified since). Rather symbolic for the foundation of a healthy diet, eh? Then we had My Pyramid, in which the food group portion areas were distributed in some sort of a fan-like prism way based upon your personal information. And finally, we have — What will it be called? MyPlate? MyPie? — a schematic representing the same information as MyPyramid but in a more “well-rounded” way.
Or is it the same? It seems there will be only four sections on “MyPlate”, and a little circle representing dairy will be on the side. There is not space for cake or pie! I am interested in the protein section, of course. And, with the upcoming nutrition labeling requirement for the most popular single-ingredient meats, I have to wonder how long it will be before we see more “perfect portion”-esque steaks, chops, and other cuts available in the marketplace.
The alternative might be to embrace one’s inner Sweeney Todd and just make a lot of meat pies! There. Problem solved. My only question is … why wasn’t this announcement made on 3/14?