Bye-bye “Food Pyramid”. Hello “MyPlate”!Posted on June 2, 2011
Say goodbye to the USDA Food Pyramid. The Pyramid, introduced in 1992, has been replaced by a simpler new graphic, the Plate. It’s a lot simpler, and easier to understand. There’s less emphasis on grains, and more emphasis on fruits and vegetables, which now make up one-half of the plate. It’s all part of the USDA’s new “Dietary Guidelines 2010” program.
Other key messages from the program include:
– 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.
There’s much more information and other resources here.