Harvard is not a place known for its humility, but taking on the US government is pretty audacious even for the Crimson Horde. But the Harvard School of Public Health apparently considers nutrition a cause worthy of rousing its anti-governmental spirit. On Wednesday, the school announced that it had developed its own "Healthy Eating Plate" in response to the USDA's controversial "MyPlate" guide to healthy eating.
The Harvard Healthy Eating Plate emphasizes fresh fruit and vegetables, as MyPlate does. But unlike its government-sponsored rival, Harvard's proposal tells people that they should not drink sugary drinks, that potatoes do not count as vegetables and that bacon should be avoided whenever possible. (That last dour proposal is already being followed by Harvard undergraduates; their dining halls cancelled hot breakfast service in 2009.)