My favorite review about the change before the unveiling was from Walter Willett who is the chair of the nutrition department at Harvard: “It’s going to be hard not to do better than the current pyramid, which basically conveys no useful information.”
Wow. Zinger right?
Well anyway, I'm guess you probably didn't lose sleep over it the announcement. Me neither. Okay, maybe a little--waiting with anticipation for its replacement, but can you blame me? It's kinda been my life for the past 5 years and it almost feels like Christmas eve, or like I'm getting a new adopted sibling. Both equally exciting and potentially terrifying if it doesn't turn out like you hope.
So the replacement looks like this:
The critics have a lot to say. "Where is the food?" "Wow it's overly simple." "Where did the exercising stair climber go? "Does it even matter what we use for our symbol? Do people even listen or try to follow guidelines like?" "Poor dairy." "Looks like someone from dairy pulled some strings for special treatment." And so on and so on.
But here's my real concern:
Where does the Utah jell-o fit?
This is a big deal. At least in my house. Here is how the jell-0 conversation goes down (usually at the in-laws who are from Utah)
Mother in-law: Erica would you like some dessert
Me: No thanks, I had my fair share of jell-o
EVERYONE else: What? Jell-o is not dessert.
Me: What? How is sugar + water + whipped cream + more sugar + vanilla not dessert?
It is not a vegetable even if you stick carrots in it (yuck!) flavor it like celery (double yuck! but a true find in the in-laws food storage) or if it looks like the new MyPlate is indeed full of colorful jell-o triangles.
Nor is it a protein, which is my husband's favorite argument, because after all, jell-o is just made of collagen from ground up horse hooves. (Triple yuck!) It's still overwhelmingly sugar dear... with a titch of gag reflex on that last thought.
It's not a fruit either. No one ever said, "Red jell-o every day keeps the doctor away." They just say, pass the jell-o I'm ready for dessert. (Right? Sigh).
I'm sorry Utah. Even with an endorsement from Bill Cosby and status as the official state snack, there is no two ways about it--Jell-o is a dessert.
And green jell-o is terrible, even the non-celery flavored green stuff.