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Move over food pyramid, there’s a new eating guide in town. Although the content of the chart is probably more in the purview of our sister site Food Network, I found the graphic design of the USDAs new “Choose My Plate” guide to be really appealing.

usda choose my plate

The Plate has all the appeal of a very good infographics: thoughtfully designed, easily digestible (excuse the pun, I couldn’t resist), clearly expressed message. Now I’m just waiting to see who will be the first to create actual plates with the new guidelines.

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2 Responses

  1. Anna@HGTV says:

    I wonder if it will be Crate and Barrel. I only say this because I have these white porcelain TV dinner tray plates from them. Shaped like the old TV trays with large section with three small sections above. And they also had cute porcelain Chinese takeout containers. I can see them doing a version of the gov plate in all white. The question would be how to you remember in all white what section is for what.

  2. Earth Girl says:

    This will be used in elementary grades to teach children nutrition. Meanwhile, in math they are learning about pie charts. Why couldn't they have reinforced the math lesson by making the plate a pie chart? I agree that the design initially appears good (I especially love the glass of milk!), but form without function is worthless. This "plate" makes it difficult to understand proportions.

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