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Harvard Recommends Olive Oil in New Healthy Eating Guide

Sep. 15, 2011
Elena Paravantes

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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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