USDA Food Wheel from 1943

As GOOD pointed out, before food pyramids, there was the food wheel:

I love that butter and fortified margarine constitutes one of the seven groups, and that in addition to the basic 7 you can “eat any other foods you want”.

For history buffs, food lovers and aficionados of old poster artwork, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? – The Government’s Effect on the American Diet is on display at the National Archives from June 10, 2011 through January 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. Check out the ‘Preview’ tab for more neat posters in addition to the one above.

In contrast, this is the Government’s food graphic of the current day, branded MyPlate and unveiled just yesterday:

MyPlate has got its criticisms, but honestly I couldn’t ever really imagine stacking my foods into a pyramid, either. I think everyone agrees it’s a step in the right direction, though.

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