There’s a scene in the film "Forks Over Knives" that shows the diet a teenage girl if she follows the current USDA Food Pyramid (pictured below). It’s a diet complete with processed foods like sugary cereals, French fries, burgers, chicken fingers, white bread, and perhaps an apple and glass of juice. It’s a graphic depiction of the Food Pyramid’s failure to educate Americans about how to eat a healthy diet.

 

It’s obvious that the Food Pyramid, in any of its various forms over the past several decades, has not led to Americans eating healthier, whole foods. So, instead of redesigning the pyramid yet again, the New York Times is reporting that the Obama administration is getting rid of it and replacing it with the symbol of plate half-filled with fruits and vegetables.

The new symbol will be released on Thursday, June 2, with the intent of making it easy to understand what makes a healthy diet. The current Food Pyramid doesn’t make it simple to figure out what we should be eating, does it? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.