As most parents know, getting kids to eat well can be a complicated endeavor. Furthermore, teaching them why they should eat well is even more daunting, particularly since we all probably know that by the time they understand the benefits of healthy eating, there is far too much macaroni and cheese in their system to be undone; their innards will be irreversibly neon orange.
The Department of Agriculture has long boasted a food pyramid to explain what we should eat every day and how much. And now comes word that the pyramid has been canned to make room for a plate, called MyPlate (I’m guessing the new plate is so small that they didn’t have an extra room to make space between the words “My” and “Plate.” Just a guess). The new design to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity was revealed today by First Lady Michelle Obama.
I suppose it’s pretty and all, but I fear that unless they make a quick Wonder Twins-like edit and reshape it in the form of a rocket ship or Disney princess, I can’t see too many kids giving it a second thought.
The old pyramid may have been hard to understand (and, frankly, somewhat impossible and/or improbable to follow), but I’m unclear how this design will be any better. How are we to know, for instance, if MyPlate is actually an Applebee’s-like plate that’s large enough to serve an appetizer sample platter to a family of Biggest Loser contestants, or a Weight Watcher’s-size plate that asks you to measure your meat by the size of a deck of cards.
The reality is that at least the Food Pyramid had some concrete information. MyPlate tells me only that I should eat more grains and vegetables than fruit and protein. Does that mean it’s all unlimited just as long as it’s in proportion?
I will say this in favor of MyPlate: I am strangely nostalgic for the game of my youth, Simon Says.
I guess I’ll wait to pass judgment until I see how it plays out. Oh wait, it’s too late for that.
Are you hopeful the plate will change the color of the sky in your culinary world, or do you think it’s just a bunch of phony baloney (which, I can guarantee, will not be a recommended protein for your plate)?
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