Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, raises 7 key points about the new “food plate” announced by the USDA:
1.) They seem to have skipped the whole “constitutional authority for the federal government to involve itself in lecturing citizens on what to eat” section. Could it be because there is no such obvious source of authority?
2.) Given that the government has been coming out with these charts for decades, this one is admittedly easier to understand than the awful “pyramid” that came before. Pretty much any graphic they tried — even one based on a Jackson Pollock painting — would have been an improvement on that darn pyramid.
3.) There’s a subliminal sort of cleverness to the chart which may offer insight into the Obama administration’s thinking. It manages not to mention meat, for instance. It makes “dairy” a little blue circle so you think of nonfat milk or yogurt instead of, say, melted cheese. There’s no dessert plate at all — this is the pie chart that doesn’t want you to eat pie. There’s also no mention of sugar or calories on the graphic, apparently on the theory that if people don’t see those things on a government chart, they’ll forget they like them.
4.) While clever, it’s also a bit incoherent: along with food groups like grains and veggies, there appears a slice for “protein,” even though there’s protein in grains, dairy and so forth.
5.) Like all such recommendations out of Washington, including earlier versions that did more to push cheese and starch options, this one came out of negotiations that reflected input from farm and producer interest groups. Just something to remember before taking nutrition advice from the federal government, especially since that nutritional advice has often been wrong in the past.
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