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What happened to the old USDA food pyramid?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
It was replaced by My Plate. The pyramid was confusing and did not really simplify what Americans need to be eating for weight control and disease prevention.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The Dietary Guidelines are updated every five years and the teaching tool is also updated to reflect any changes. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines had a couple of revisions based on the latest research findings of what is considered a healthy diet for Americans. The pyramid posed some difficulty with remembering how much to eat of what food group whereas the new MyPlate is more memorable since everyone eats off of a plate or has eaten off of a plate. Therefore it is a good visual to use a plate.

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