As he often does, my beer buddy Jay Brooks beat me to the punch with a post on his blog (brookstonbeerbulletin.com) about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new MyPlate nutritional chart.
Great minds think (and drink) alike, it seems. Along with Brooks and many others, I wondered why the USDA didn’t use the update as an opportunity to offer a recommendation for moderate alcohol consumption, as the Harvard School of Public Health’s Healthy Eating Pyramid does.
Or is USDA’s latest idea of health and nutrition education only aimed at children?
MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) replaces the government’s old food pyramid with an icon shaped like a dinner plate. It’s divided into portion recommendations from four food groups — protein, grains, fruits and vegetables.
One more group, dairy, is in a smaller circle offset from the plate, in the place you’d expect to find a cup or a glass.
Certainly, that’s where you could put a serving of low-fat milk, if you were making a kids meal.