USDA Introduces New Food Icon to Remind Consumers to Make Healthy Choices

June 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

The federal government has unveiled a new food icon called MyPlate to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate, which replaces the long-familiar pyramid diagram of food groups, is designed to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.

MyPlate is consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, launched in January of this year. The guideline forms the basis of the government’s nutrition education programs, and includes this advice:

Balance Calories

• Enjoy your food, but eat less

• Avoid oversized portions

Foods to Increase

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

• Make at least half your grains whole grains

Foods to Reduce

• Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers

• Cut back on sugary drinks and drink water instead

Sources: ChooseMyPlate.gov and DietaryGuidelines.gov

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition.

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