So, when I picked up our spine and saw that today's subject was nutrition and the food pyramid I remembered reading something recently about the food pyramid changing. Turns out it wasn't just a weird dream I had. It's true. Whoa!!! You can't do that!!! Doesn't that just negate all of the science I learned as a child. Was my second grade year all a joke?
Well, if you are just as shocked as I am, let me totally blow your mind and tell you that the food pyramid didn't just change... it doesn't even exist anymore. Now... it's a plate.
Seriously... go see for yourself. I'll wait.
It isn't surprising that this newly appointed recommendation has taken some heat. Apparently, the history of the USDA recommendations for nutrition has always been fraught with angst and division. Dairy farmers and ranchers fighting with the wheat and corn farmers. You can read all about that here.
Now, in all seriousness, I must admit this colorful little plate is growing on me. I find it much more visually appealing and easier to decipher. It looks like it would also be easier to actually implement, should one feel so inclined. I printed out the coloring page to go along with it and called it a day for BigBoy's "official" science class. He's off to go read about nurse sharks. According to him, they look ferocious but they're kind of lazy... just don't try to bother one! Wise words.