08 March 2010

Doctors introduce new healthy alternative to USDA Food Pyramid

The doctors and dieticians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have introduced a healthy vegan alternative to the USDA Food Pyramid. PCRM is running a full-page advertisement in March’s Today’s Dietician encouraging nutrition professionals to use the new Power Plate which divides foods into four categories: fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables.

"People eat from plates, not pyramids," said PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. "We need easy-to-use dietary guidance tools that teach people how to eat right to fight chronic diseases. Studies show people who eat mostly from the four Power Plate food groups have the lowest risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes."

The organization also launched an interactive website at ThePowerPlate.org which includes information about plant-based diets and has a special section for educators and health professionals.

According to PCRM, the average American consumes more than 215 pounds of meat annually. Two-thirds of our nation is overweight or obese and 1 out of 3 children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifespan.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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Photo Credit: thepowerplate.org