By Ann L.
It's been a month now since USDA launched its new food icon that replaces the familiar but increasingly confusing food pyramid. It is neatly sectioned into areas for fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. But how does this compare to what American's are actually eating? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans lists the top 25 sources of calories in the American diet. The top 10 are:
Chicken and chicken mixed dishes
Pasta and pasta dishes
Tortillas, burritos, tacos
Beef and beef mixed dishes
*cakes, cookies, pies, cobbler, sweet rolls, pastries, donuts
It is not surprising that fruits and vegetables are nowhere to be found on this list given their low energy density, but what does it say that our number one source of calories is desserts? What are your thoughts on the new icon?
Perhaps the actual American plate looks something like this: