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Can MyPyramid make room for The Power Plate?

9 Jan

Remember the days of the four food groups – before the Food Pyramid made its debut? The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wants to bring some simplicity back. Many health professionals agree that eating a more plant-based diet would be helpful to balance the growing rates of obesity and diabetes in young people across the country, yet there are not examples of healthful vegetarian diets coming from the USDA’s food pyramid – MyPyramid. The PCRM says the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services violated federal law by failing to respond to a PCRM petition offering a simple, plant-based alternative to MyPyramid. It’s called the Power Plate – and it’s full of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

“We are asking the government to protect the average American, not special agribusiness interests,” said registered dietitian Susan Levin, the organization’s nutrition education director. “MyPyramid is confusing, and it recommends meat and dairy products despite overwhelming evidence that these foods are unnecessary and unhealthy. Research shows the Power Plate is a better choice, and it’s simple enough that a child could follow it.”

At Butter Beans we offer food for all. We offer quality meat and dairy products everyday, alongside balanced plant-based alternatives. We believe in bio-individuality and that one person’s medicine, can be someone else’s poison. We take this quite literally in an age of more severe food allergies than most of us remember contending with as kids. MyPyramid has variety for us to connect with, depending on our age and activity levels. However, it would be refreshing for the USDA to offer nutrition advise that was based solely on knowledge of nutrition and not also on what is best for big business.