Bye-bye “Food Pyramid”. Hello “MyPlate”!

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 The Pyramid, introduced in 1992, has been replaced by a simpler new graphic, the Plate.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.

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