Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new nutrition icon to replace the Food Pyramid- the MyPlate. The visualization is intended to help Americans understand the proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy that should be in our diets.
But Brian Vastag, science reporter for The Washington Post, had this observation (click here to read full article):
Circular, with four colorful divisions to represent the four main food groups, the new plate looks just like a pie chart [emphasis added] — a description experts shun because, well, pie isn’t good for you.
Brian isn’t alone in thinking that pie charts aren’t good for you. However, I believe a pie chart not only works because of the dinner plate metaphor but because it depicts only four data values. Plus, the slices represent approximate and not precise amounts. The main point of MyPlate is that half of our diet should be fruits and vegetables, but frequently isn’t.
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What do you think of the USDA’s new MyPlate? Think a bar chart would have been as memorable?