USDA Replaces Food Pyramid with Dinner Plate
The new symbol for healthy food consumption is now a dinner plate with fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins subdivided inside a circle in not-exactly-a-pie-chart sections.
Fruits and veggies take up a good half of the plate. Dairy appears in a separate but smaller saucer.
This may be non-news to those who've already written off the whole idea when they revised the original 1992 pyramid into a confusing jumble of vertical strips that looked more like a rainbow colored rake than anything meaningful. It doesn't take a civil engineer to know that pyramids aren't made that way. The efficacy of the message was pretty much lost at that point.
All of this might be well and good, but I think Michael Pollan already beat them to the punch by introducing his credo of "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" in his book In Defense of Food. What more sage advice do we need than that?