On June 2nd, 2011, the USDA replaced the pyramid with the plate.
The plate was welcomed, but the presence of protein raised eyebrows: Marion Nestle, professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, praised MyPlate, but also found it “odd” that protein was sitting amongst food groups.
“Americans don’t need more protein. Americans don’t need to eat more of anything except fruit and vegetables. But what they have told us is that focus group research showed consumers understand protein to encompass several food groups.”
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