First there were the four food groups. Then there was the food pyramid. And now? The USDA says that it will soon release a new food icon that is an "easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."
Although the actual image of the icon hasn't been released yet, there's plenty of buzz about what we can expect. According to The New York Times, the icon will be a circular plate consisting of four colored sections for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. Next to the plate will be a smaller circle for dairy, such as a glass of milk or a cup of yogurt.
When the food pyramid came out years ago, many claimed that it was too confusing and that there wasn't enough of an emphasis on eating unprocessed foods. This new less-complex plate was designed to encourage Americans to eat small portions and forgo sugary drinks and treats for more nutritious foods.
The new plate will be publically unveiled on Thursday. Can't wait to see it!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.