The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing its face of nutrition. The iconic pyramid, which showed which food had the hierarchy status of “nutritious”, is being replaced by an easier to understand plate icon. The USDA believed that the pyramid was confusing, and the new plate icon will be easier to understand the portions for each food group.
The USDA made a statement this week regarding the new icon for food distribution. The new icon will be "part of a comprehensive nutrition communication initiative that provides consumers with easy-to-understand recommendations, a new website with expanded information, and other tools and resources." The Food Pyramid was originally introduced in 1992, only to be replaced by MyPyramid in 2005, which relabeled the food groups and added a person walking up the pyramid to promote healthy active lifestyles. It is believed that the pyramid being cut up into different segments was confusing to consumers, and the new icon will be considerably easier to understand.