Hey! Where is the wedge for all of the god damned pills we're going to be given for all of our disorders caused by the other wedges of food?!
I think it's leaps and bounds ahead of the jumbled mass that was MyPyramid. Especially with that stick figure jivin' up the stairs.
I like the graphic design, but I am not sure it is easy to use. Comparing the amount of dairy is hard because it is a different shape. It is also interesting to note fats and oils are gone all together, are they just not something you discuss in polite company anymore?
Edited to add: This is my terrible effort at a paleo version to see how I react to the format as opposed to the information.
And it does seem pretty easy to use when I see it that way.
It is also clear that I should never try for a career in graphic design
That's one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.
One diet fits all?
No mention at all of fats of any kind -- good, bad, how much?
Dairy products only fit in a cup?
No mention at all of gluten intolerance or the concept that grains may be bad for some people? Everyone should fill their plate 1/4 with grains every meal? If I did that I'd be in the bathroom 45 minutes later.
Ok so it's simple. It has that going for it. "Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein
More balance is better than the original food pyramid. Obviously we on PaleoHacks are going to disagree with the ratios (and as mentioned by Vrimj, the deletion of fat), but the egalitarian pie shape doesn't put grains in a position of importance anymore, which is an improvement over all in my mind.
Also, this looks way less informative than the food pyramid used to. The less information the government gives on nutrition, the better.
Edit: Was reading through the informational aspect of the website. The dairy section is particularly atrocious:
All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Most Dairy Group choices should be fat-free or low-fat. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group. Foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not. Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the Dairy Group.
Since when is soymilk a dairy product?
So the government recommends for a 5'3 140 pound active woman..three cups of veggies,two cups of fruit(remember fiber-less fruit and vegetable juices count as a serving!),three glasses of skim milk(water), a tiny fat-less portion of"meat" or beans,then fill the hole with nutritionally void grain products.Umm yeah that's how I got up to 200 pounds in the first place.
one of my favorite paleo-blogger just posted this. i think it's t-shirt material.
So its like this now: green beans on the veggie part, caramel apple on the fruit part, ramen noodles for the grains, and tofu for the protein? Oh, yeah...wash it down with lowfat chocolate milk. Sounds balanced and healthy right? You can use a fork to stab all that, right?
This is just as useless as the pyramid.