The USDA introduced a new graphic this summer to help people eat healthfully. I’m probably the only person who hasn’t seen this yet, but I think I have a small excuse considering I don’t currently reside in the US!
This looks miles and miles better than the old pyramid, which I don’t think did anybody any good.
The November 2011 issue of Food Network magazine had a big feature of the USDA recommendations throughout the years and some of them were rather humorous. Apparently there was a graphic in recent years that had fries on it!! I’ve always grown up hearing about the food pyramid, and I didn’t even realize the pyramid is no more! I don’t know if I’ll ever think of the USDA’s food recommendations and not picture that pyramid. To me, the pyramid will never die!
England doesn’t appear to have a food pyramid or graphic as such, but all products are labeled by a kind of “traffic light” system.
Foods that contain a higher than recommended amount of certain ingredients will be highlighted in red, while safer quantities will be highlighted with green.
I tend to not even look at nutritional information much because I try to buy whole foods and stay away from processed items. The way I feel is that if I’m buying something highly processed, it’s not good anyway so why bother reading it?
I used to look at the nutrition info a lot, but who really knows? The government is always changing its mind on what’s good or bad, so my philosophy is to simply eat what makes me feel good and I’ve never been healthier or felt better.