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Food Pyramid Gets a Facelift

Have you heard the news about the Food Pyramid? Say “Good-bye” to the old pyramid.


Say “Hello” to the new version and recommendations:


The new recommendations place a larger emphasis on fresh fruits & vegetables and less on grains, protein & dairy.    There is more specific information on tips here and food groups here.  More recommendations that are listed on the site:

Balancing Calories

Enjoy your food, but eat less.

Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Make at least half your grains whole grains.

Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.

Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

What does this mean for those of us that are gluten-free?  Nothing really.  My plate is typically made up of the following:

3-4 oz protein (lean meats, beans or Sunshine burger)

Large salad – 3-4 cups worth

1 cup of veggies, either roasted or steamed

Small potato (baked or sweet); quinoa, brown rice, etc

I usually eat my fruit for breakfast, snacks or dessert.  I do add fruit to my salad – either dried or cut up pears or berries.  I also add avocado and a nut/seed of sorts.

The new recommendations won’t change the way I eat.  I consider myself a pretty healthy eater.  Sure, I like my treats, but I eat way above my quota of veggies/fruits, get plenty of protein and eat a sufficient amount of grains.  I don’t eat a lot of dairy, but that has more to do with the fact that I am lactose intolerant and can’t tolerate large amounts.  So, the changes that have been made by the USDA won’t change what I do here.

Have you paid much attention in the past to the Food Pyramid?  Will this new design make any impact on the way you eat?  If so, how will it change the way you eat?

6 comments to Food Pyramid Gets a Facelift

  • And it shouldn't change the way you eat too much. Healthy eaters already know what they need to do, and really if you have a lot leafy green veggies in your diet with some sort of vitamin C source on the side, then the dairy category isn't super necessary. I do wonder if you've tried milk alternatives though, such as soy, rice or almond milk, since they shouldn't affect your lactose intolerance and would also offer additional ways to make sure you're getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D.

    I believe that the new food guide is target to those Americans, who don't eat a healthy diet, rather than those like you who either by necessity or just because have a well-balanced diet.

    • gfreeislife


      I do drink Silk Pure Almond and love it!! There is plenty of calcium & vitamin D in it and I take supplements for those as well. ;)


  • As a dietitian, I'm not sure I really like the new food pyramid. I would have liked to have seen even MORE emphasis on fruits and veggies and healthy fats!! I just don't think it's the ideal diagram.

  • Malissa

    I think there needs to be more teaching about good fats and the how and why of incorporating them in your diet. :)

    What do they say about fats? I didn't see it on the diagram.

  • The new food diagram won't change the way I currently eat one bit. I eat very healthy, and have found the right balance in my diet. I certainly eat a lot better on a gluten free diet than I did before, mainly because I reach for the naturally gf fruits & veggies a whole lot more. I do have a question for the dietician (or anyone who might know the answer to this). Someone said on a FB post yesterday that we shouldn't eat fruits with proteins because the proteins cause the fruit to rot in our gut? I had never heard this before. Is there any truth to that? I'm just curious.

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