USDA Finally Ditches Food Pyramid

The long-outdated food pyramid is finally getting the heave ho by the USDA, to be replaced with a more accurate plate visual.

Instead of the carb-heavy old infographic, the plate will be comprised of half fruit and vegetables- something that nutrition experts have been pushing for quite a while now:

“That would go a long way to producing something that is actually useful for nutritionists and dietitians in the United States,” said James Painter, a food psychologist and registered dietician at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The key, he said, is that it would give viewers a quick idea of what their meals should look like when they sit down at the table.

Speaking about the revisions, a USDA official acknowledged the shortcomings of the old graphic:

“The pyramid can be confusing and complex to some, and in some cases too simplistic for others,” said Robert Post, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Although the changes are a long time coming, many nutrition advocates say they aren’t drastic enough to reverse the nation’s obesity epidemic- but some concede given the close ties between the USDA and the food industry, the move is “courageous.” The new guide will be unveiled Thursday.