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USDA Kills Pyramid – Switches to Plate to Show U.S. What to Eat

June 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

New USDA food and nutrition suggestions now in plate form

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed it’s new “MyPlate” graphic that replaces the old USDA pyramid, giving Americans a visual reference to its suggested nutrition plan.

Along with the plate, which emphasizes fruits and vegetables and grains, with smaller spots for proteins (meats, fish, poultry, plant proteins) and dairy (shown in the cup), is a short list of tips:

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Web site offers more

The USDA web site where this lives, Choosemyplate.gov, offers much more in the way of information about suggested foods. Food groups, and specific audiences for the advice, including breastfeeding and pregnant women, kids and those on weight loss plans are addressed.

There are a number of interactive features on the site, as well – you can have your diet analyzed, plan a menu, ask a question and look up individual foods.

Weigh in on what you think of this switchover – will you use this plate and does it make any difference in how you plan your meals? Do you think the government is still wary of dismissing things like soda and fried foods or fast foods, or are they leaving it up to the diner to decide?

Comments welcome below.

Tags: Today in the World of Food

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Merrie Lee // Jun 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Wait! Where is the sixth group?
    Chocolate!!! Maybe it is under the plate.

  • 2 Kathy A // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    The chocolate is in the dairy! Chocolate milk, ask all the kids who get lunch at school! The way I see this plate “thing” the proteins & fruits are the same amounts now and grains & vegetables are the same amounts, any one else on this? Biggest thing is control fats and sodium, lower carbs & sugar!

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