Goodbye, food pyramid. Hello, plate.

The UK has long instilled the food pyramid in the minds of young children. At a young age, the NHS has enforced a healthy diet in an effort to battle obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The first food pyramid was developed in 1974 by Swedish nutritionists. America quickly followed suit when its Department of Agriculture marketed it in 1992, then reinventing it in 2005.

The reinvented food pyramid
The reinvented food pyramid

However, by 2010, nutritionists decided that the food pyramid was in fact contributing to health issues, particularly in young children. For example, instead of daily plentiful servings of fruits and vegetables, the pyramid suggested more carbohydrates such as rice, bread and pasta. As the body breaks carbohydrates down into sugars, doctors and nutritionists felt like this was misleading.

UK nutritionists are following suit and have modified the food pyramid to reflect a dinner plate. The plate encourages portion control and decreases the amount of carbohydrates to be consumed in a day. For example, fruits and vegetables now have the lion’s share of meals. The amount of dairy has slightly increased, while the amount of red meats has decreased.

Following new plate guidelines will help with weight control and give people the proper nutrition that their body needs.

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