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    Nutrition scientist Christopher Gardner on the new food plates

    In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture—supported by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and First Lady Michelle Obama—announced that the government was replacing the 19-year-old food pyramid with a plate divided into quarters (fruits, vegetables, grains and protein) with a cup of milk on the side. This month, Harvard's School of Public Health announced its alternative, which calls for similar quarters (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy protein) with a cup of water on the side. We talked with nutrition scientist Christopher Gardner, associate professor of medicine at Stanford and a 30-year vegan, about the pros and cons to the government’s MyPlate and Harvard’s Healthy Eating plate.

    Photo courtesy of Christopher Gardner

    Both plates give protein a quarter of the dish space. What’s yo...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Sep 29 2011 1:25PM | 1 comments