USDA Scraps Food Pyramid, Replaces with Food Plate

The food plate icon has replaced the long history of the beloved (or ignored?) USDA food pyramid. Many thought the food pyramid was too confusing, as it did not allow an easy way to incorporate the guidelines into a person’s daily routine.

A new icon depicts a plate divided into four sections with dairy on the side. This makes it easier for Americans to easily know how much of which type of food to eat per meal, and drastically simplifies the “servings per day” motto from the previous food pyramid. This goes along perfectly with my previous post about “usability”. The government has finally figured out that the user, the American food-lover, needs some guidelines that are easy to use.

Visit to view all your menu options, with plenty of healthy eating tips. There are even more specific recommendations for those that are pregnant, those looking for more kid-friendly diets, and for those seeking to shed some pounds with a healthy weight loss diet.