Why did the USDA change the food guidelines from the pyramid to the plate?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Nutritionists maintain that the food pyramid was a misrepresentation of healthy eating, as it failed to differentiate nutrient-dense foods, like whole grains and fish, from empty-calorie foods like refined cereals and pasta. The most notable changes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made emphasize that at least half of your grains should be whole grains (oatmeal, whole cornmeal, brown rice, etc.), and that half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. The new guidelines stress adding more "color" to your dish.

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