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7 Things Boomers Need In Their Diet

Joan Salge Blake | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home
Joan Salge Blake

The MyPlate for Older Adults just got a facelift thanks to nutrition researchers at Tufts University with support from the folks at the AARP Foundation. I love this new healthy eating visual because it not only colorfully depicts the five basic food groups: fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and protein. But it also emphasizes other important foods and nutrients that we need as we age.

Assessing the True Impact of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Will They Make a Difference?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 05.24.2014 | Home
Ann Dunaway Teh

Are you familiar with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? You may not be unless you work in public health or nutrition. What about MyPlate? Ring any [dinner] bells for you? If that still doesn't help, you are not alone.

My Tween Daughter Argued in School That Tomatoes Are Fruits, and Here is What Happened

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Home
Dr. Chris Martine

As if this sort of comment in a seventh-grade gym class wouldn't be enough to put a target on her, my daughter offered one last comment to a growing chorus of dissenting opinion: "I should know what a fruit is. My dad is a botanist."

Forbidden Fruit: The Good and The Bad Fruits

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2013 | Home
Paul Spector, M.D.

Let's cut to the chase. Blueberries, grapes, apples, bananas and grapefruit were significantly associated with lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Fruit juice consumption was associated with an increased risk.

My MyPlate Experiment Hits The Weekend

Joe Satran | Posted 04.14.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

I wish I could stay I'd stayed equally stalwart in my dedication to the plan all week, but that wouldn't be quite true. I sort of lost enthusiasm and dedication, unsurprisingly, just as the weekend hit.

MyPlate's Not-So-Blissful Restaurant Ignorance

Joe Satran | Posted 04.10.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

A quarter of Americans eat dinner out at least three nights a week, so for the USDA to systematically ignore this facet of the American eating system is risky.

The Tyranny Of 'Empty Calories'

Joe Satran | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

I tried incorporating two new normal life things into my MyPlate Experiment: restaurants and cooking for a group. They each presented minor challenges, but not as many as I might have suspected.

MyPlate's Dairy Problem

Joe Satran | Posted 04.08.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

It turns out that, on a normal day, my stomach could answer "Got Milk?" with an emphatic "No." So I've found myself needing to incorporate extra milk and yogurt whenever possible.

Healthy Eating Is Hard Work

Joe Satran | Posted 04.07.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

I'm only 24 hours into my mission to eat exactly according to the federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and I can already tell it's going to be a hard week.

The MyPlate Experiment: My Week Eating What Uncle Sam Says I Should

Joe Satran | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Joe Satran

I'm not a healthy eater. But for the next week, I'm going to try my hardest to eat exactly in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

11 Fruits and Veggies We Should Be Eating -- And Why

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Dr. Lisa Young

Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been linked to improved health, and for good reason. While all fruits and vegetables are healthy, here are several pointers on some nutrition powerhouses.

We Tried It: USDA 'SuperTracker' Schools Our New Nutrition Editor On Sodium, Empty Calories

Meredith Melnick | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Meredith Melnick

A study from the market research firm The NPD Group found that the average American only eats close to the DGA requirements a meager seven days per year. Seen another way, Americans eat according to federal guidelines only 2 percent of the time. But why?

The Top 5 Healthy Food Stories Of 2011

EatingWell | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home

It's been a big year in food news. Here's a look, in no particular order, at five of the food trends of 2011, the stories that propelled them to the top and what you can learn from them.

Americans Follow Gov't Diet Recommendations Just 2% Of Time

Posted 12.15.2011 | Home

When the USDA revised its official dietary guidelines for optimum health in June, nutrition experts generally agreed that MyPlate was better than the ...

Dr. Marion Nestle Weighs in on MyPlate vs. Harvard Healthy Eating Plate

Anna Brones | Posted 11.20.2011 | Home
Anna Brones

Even though we all know that we should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, we're still living in a society desperately struggling with obesity, and very often, putting the wrong thing on our plate.

Harvard Takes On USDA With Big Idea For Healthy Eating

Posted 11.16.2011 | Home

Harvard is not a place known for its humility, but taking on the US government is pretty audacious even for the Crimson Horde. But the Harvard School ...

Infographic: A Real Food MyPlate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.30.2011 | Home
Kristin Wartman

2011-06-30-hgh.pngBy providing clear and accurate guidelines based on real food, Americans can see what a healthy diet really looks like, rather than what an industry influenced diet looks like.

Why MyPlate Encourages Mindful Eating

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Dr. Susan Albers

Do you like the updated, radically different shape of the food pyramid? If you do, you aren't alone.

My Beef With MyPlate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Many in the food world are calling the clearer and more concise image of MyPlate progress. In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.

What Will It Take To Make Our Plates Look Like My Plate?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Yet the question (and the problem) that haunted the food pyramid still remains: Is knowing how to fill our plates with fruits, vegetables, grains and protein enough to make us do it?

Food Pyramids & Charts From Around The World

Food Republic | Posted 12.18.2014 | Home
Food Republic

The US Food Pyramid may be dead, but many countries around the world still look to the pyramid to convey nutritional advice for its citizens. American...

The Food Pyramid We Really Need

Leslie Goldman | Posted 08.03.2011 | Home
Leslie Goldman

Bravo to our nutritional leaders for trying to simplify the healthy eating process. But honestly, who uses plates anymore? We women are busy, to say the least.

A History Of The USDA Food Guides

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 08.02.2011 | Home

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that the nearly twenty-year-old food pyramid would be replaced b...