Now, the good men at Hahvad have come up with their own version, which they're calling the Healthy Eating Plate. It looks like this:
The main diff? The Harvard School of Public Health recommends drinking water instead of milk, eating more veggies than fruit, and includes a little bottle of oil to represent healthy fats. According to this article on Life Hacker, Harvard contends that their plate is free of the politics that generated the USDA's plate, and therefore more credible. Personally, I'm a fan of the second, partly because I enjoy conspiracy theories and partly because I think it is actually better. I like the inclusion of water over milk, the smaller emphasis on grains, the little guy running in the corner, and the liquid representation of healthy fats. It's also less of a sell-out to the food industries. Of course, it might be a sell-out to someone else, I don't know.
Regardless of the plate you choose, they have most of their messages in common: eat real food, be sane about it, and get out there and get healthy! What do you think? Which do you choose?