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Harvard School of Public Health released the new Healthy Eating Plate this week. Unlike the USDA My Plate, the Healthy Eating Plate is designed around current accepted science regarding nutrition. That means middle of the road, not sitting out there on the cutting edge , just to clarify for my fellow fitness and nutrition junkies.

Harvard Healthy Eating PlateUSDA MyPlate

A quick look at both plates shows the major differences. Harvard includes specific direction regarding type of food that fits into each category. Water is the suggested beverage and healthy fats are specifically highlighted.

There are several areas where you can argue with the Harvard plate. Paleo advocates will throw a fit about the presence of whole grains. That said, it’s an improvement over MyPlate as a clear teaching tool.

Interesting to see how things look when you don’t have food lobby groups offering input. Your thoughts?