But there are still some fundamental differences between the government’s nutrition advice and the latest science on healthy eating—and MyPlate, as a shorthand version of the government’s nutrition advice, in some ways falls short. MyPlate does not show that whole grains are a better choice than refined grains, for example, or that beans, fish, and chicken are healthier choices than red meat. Healthy fats—key to heart health and to lowering the risk of diabetes—do not appear at all on the plate. Yet dairy is given a prominent place at the table, despite evidence that high intakes of dairy products do not reduce the risk of osteoporosis and may increase the risk of some chronic diseases. Perhaps the greatest problem is that MyPlate is silent on the large portion of the US diet that’s junk: sugary drinks, sweets, salty processed foods, refined grains, and the like.Download a copy of the Healthy Eating PyramidIn contrast, the Healthy Eating Pyramid from the Dept. of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health puts whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats in the base. Red meat, butter, soda, sweets, refined grains, and salt are in the used-sparingly tip. Dairy or supplements of vitamin D and calcium are recommended just one to two times a day, not at every meal.

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