I love the movie Elf! It always makes me giggle Buddy the Elf knows his food groups and always tries to incorporate them into all of his meals. In the movie, he said, “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” How come Buddy the Elf knows his food groups, but most Americans probably couldn’t name ours?
Here are the five food groups according to the new MyPlate model:
A few of the group names have been altered a little from the Food Pyramid days. The Grains Group used to be called the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group. The Dairy Group used to be called the Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group. The last food group name that got changed was the Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group, which is now called the Protein Group. This food group name change has really gotten a lot of flack from Registered Dietitians, because it is the name of a nutrient not a food.
The best healthy eating pattern includes a good balance of all the food groups. So, try to follow Buddy’s example and stick to our five food groups! Don’t you wish we had his though? 😉