The Department of Agriculture has released their new food pyramid. Improvements: they have included exercise and have a neat feature that allows you to personalize what foods you need according to age, gender, and the amount of exercise you should have on a daily basis. Letdowns: the pyramid fails to identify what foods we should be avoiding like the plague (not surprising since this would be a political issue). It does warn of sodium, trans fats, saturated fats, and sugars, which is good. Noticeably absent: alcohol. Despite ever increasing evidence that moderate consumption is healthy, they left it out. I assume this is to avoid confusing students, who will and should be using this pyramid. It will be interesting to see what nutrition groups have to say about this.