This morning, the USDA bid farewell to the food pyramid and unveiled a “new generation icon” of healthy eating: MyPlate. Four brightly colored wedges show what proportion of our plates ought to be filled with fruits, veggies, grains, and protein, accompanied by a glass or side dish of dairy. Fats, oils, and sweets are nowhere to be found. This new design, health officials hope, will give people a clearer idea of portion size than the original food pyramid did—and be just plain clearer than the updated (read: undecipherable) food pyramid released in 2005.
So, how does MyPlate compare to other dietary graphics? Here’s a look back at past USDA visuals—and a glimpse of healthy eating guides from around the world.