What will the new icon look like? The USDA isn't saying, but William Neuman of The New York Times did some sleuthing. According to his account:Goodbye, Food Pyramid: USDA to Announce a New 'Food Icon'
By Marion Nestle
May 31 2011, 7:32 AM ET 3
The triangular nutrition guide, rendered useless by its latest redesign, is being replaced. Here's a preview of what's to come.
On May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be releasing a new "food icon" to replace the foodless and useless 2005 MyPyramid, shown above.
The USDA's press announcement explained:
The 2010 White House Child Obesity Task Force called for simple, actionable advice to equip consumers with information to help them make healthy food choices. As a result, USDA will be introducing the new food icon to replace the MyPyramid image as the government's primary food group symbol. It will be an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Virtually anything would be an improvement. The Food Pyramid just made no sense to the average person. Nobody eats or plans by USDA 'serving sizes'. Telling people to eat 6 - 11 'servings' of grain was like letting a pig loose in a feedstore.The circular plate, which will be unveiled Thursday, is meant to give consumers a fast, easily grasped reminder of the basics of a healthy diet. It consists of four colored sections, for fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, according to several people who have been briefed on the change. Beside the plate is a smaller circle for dairy, suggesting a glass of low-fat milk or perhaps a yogurt cup.
The new doohickey will be unveiled on Thursday.