Food Pyramids & Plates
Harvard Healthy Eating Plate
Researchers at Harvard University developed the Healthy Eating Plate to serve as a guide for eating a healthy meal and is based solely on the most up to date scientific evidence, which encourages a plant-based diet.
Among the many differences between MyPlate and Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate is the differentiation of healthy proteins over other protein sources. Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate informs consumers that some high-protein foods, such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are healthier than other protein sources like red meats and processed meats. Peanuts and peanut butter, for example, offer about 7 grams of protein per serving while also providing many nutrients of concern such as potassium, calcium, dietary fiber, folate, and iron.
Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate also recognizes that it is important to consume plant oils as they are healthy fats. Peanut oil is a plant oil that is trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. It is high in unsaturated fats and is a source of antioxidant vitamin E and phytosterols, which benefit heart-health.
To learn more about Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, visit http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/.