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From Pyramid To Plate, Does It Make Sense?

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Goodbye Food Pyramid. My Plate, the government’s new symbol for healthy eating was unveiled today. One of its supporters is Kenny Bowers, the inspiration behind “El Jefe Grande.”

“El Jefe Grande” is a contest burger at Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco. If you’ve never seen it, you’re missing A LOT.

“It’s 7 pounds and 7 thousand calories,” Chef Kenny Bowers Said.  Bowers jokingly calls it “a complete meal with all the food groups.”

“We’ve got everything, the fruit, the protein, the grain the dairy.  You eat this and you’re like good for three days,” he laughed.

All joking aside, Bowers supports the government’s new new food guide called ‘My Plate.’  “Because a lot of people don’t know how much of what to eat. The pyramid thing, it’s confusing,” Bowers said.

The Food Pyramid, introduced in 1992, was criticized by nutritionists for encouraging too many servings at the bottom and too few at the top. What nutritionists like about MY PLATE is that it simplifies the portions in quadrants.

“That is going to be a tool to educate our population on how to make better choices,” said Dora Rivas, the top nutrionist for DISD.  “The size of the plate will be a little smaller indicating that we need to be able to watch our quantity of food,” Rivas explained.

Kenny Bowers knows about smaller portions too. He dropped 75 pounds eating less.  “If I can do it, anybody can do it. And I honestly think seeing it on a plate makes it simpler,” Bowers said.

In case you’re wondering, the El Jefe Grande burger doesn’t fit on a plate.

>>To learn more about the new Choose My Plate guidelines, click here<<

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