Harvard Says the U.S. Government Got “MyPlate” Wrong For Healthy Eating

The Harvard School of Public Health has a few bones to pick with the federal government’s MyPlate healthful-eating icon.

They’ve aired their differences in the newly released (and not-so-catchily named) “Healthy Eating Plate.” The new plate looks a lot like MyPlate but with revisions and add-ons that its creators argue offer a more accurate picture of what nutritious diet should look like.

A press release announcing the new icon contends that USDA’s MyPlate was cooked up with too much input from powerful agricultural interests, whose influence led to MyPlate’s allowing too much space for dairy, red meat, potatoes and refined grains. By contrast, the press release says, the new plate is based on the latest science .