The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced its iconic food pyramid with a graphic of a plate to assist people in making better food choices and controlling portion sizes. The organization is hopeful this new graphical representation of a balanced meal will help stem the growing obesity and weight issues in the United States.
Understanding nutrition is vital for chefs and it’s important we offer menu items that are balanced, healthy and appealing to guests. Chefs can play a vital role in encouraging people to eat healthy and make better meal choices. The pyramid and/or the food plate are symbols for decision we as chefs and people should make every time we eat.