Harvard Recommends Olive Oil in New Healthy Eating Guide

Nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications have unveiled the Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal.

According to a press release from the school, this new visual nutrition guide addresses important deficiencies in the MyPlate icon, the visual guide released by the USDA this summer.

One of the shortcomings of the MyPlate according to Harvard researchers, is that it is silent on beneficial fats. In other words, it does not distinguish between good and bad fats.

The Healthy Eating Plate on the other hand depicts a bottle of healthy oil, and encourages consumers to use olive oil, canola, and other plant oils in cooking, on salads, and at the table.

The Harvard guide also recommends limiting butter and avoiding trans fats. This is an important distinction as many consumers tend to group all fats in one category, and are not aware that some fats, such as olive oil, are actually good for you.

Harvard School of Public Health: Healthy Eating Plate vs. USDA’s MyPlate
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This article was last updated November 22, 2014 - 4:33 PM (GMT-5)

  • Dr. Jeff

    It’s about time. Healthy fats are integral to a sound diet.

    • Peter Pizzoferrato

      there is a great difference between olive oil and EVOO and there is a great difference between FRESH EVOO and 1 yr old EVOO…..the greatest health benefits come from FRESH, QUALITY EVOO…after H2O it’s the most important thing we can consume as human beings..Prego,Peter Pizzoferrato

  • Zainkhan

    Time for us Indians to get healthy!