Dinner Plate Replaces Food Pyramid

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A dinner plate, called MyPlate, has replaced the food pyramid as a reminder to help Americans make healthful food choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday.

The new icon reflects the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizing that half of one’s meal should come from fruits and vegetables, one quarter from grains, and another quarter from protein (the protein should be lean, and at l

east half the grains should be whole grains). Next to the plate is a glass representing low-fat dairy products.

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.

USDA press release (Free PDF)

ChooseMyPlate website (Free)

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Free PDF)