The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revamped its healthy eating recommendations a few months ago with a new visual; an icon called 'MyPlate,' replacing the former healthy foods pyramid icon. The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks the government's plate lacks a good bit of guidance as to which specific foods should be eaten - after all MyPlate offers no guidance.
Just to refresh your memory, here is the recently issued MyPlate by the USDA....
The USDA's icon for healthy eating: MyPlate
And this is the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate revealed by Harvard Health Publications on September 14, 2011...
Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate
Yes, indeed. The Harvard plate certainly has a lot more on it - and it's not because it's an elite school either. The Harvard plan is a true guide to what's healthy and what's not. Not all proteins are good for you, and don't let anyone tell you that a slice of floury white bread constitutes a healthy grain. Not only do the categories need to be elucidated, but the Harvard plate is different substantively, as Harvard does not include the dairy recommendation at every meal, noting that studies show too much dairy can be bad for you.
In fairness the USDA's plate, its website does have links to pages that provide more in-depth information on proper dietary choices within each category. It's just a whole lot more convenient to have most of that information summarized in one place, like the Harvard plate has it.
As one who thought the former USDA food pyramid was just fine, I have to say in this new debate, Harvard Plate vs. USDA Plate, I'm on Harvard's side. Even Yale is backing it.
sources: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Harvard Health Publications