My Plate

June 24, 2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

The USDA has recently announced that it will be using a new image in efforts to help American’s eat healthier, more balanced meals. It’s appropriately named My Plate. It has a simpler design and color scheme that designates the different food groups and proper portions. It is certainly more straightforward when compared to the Food Guide Pyramid that was released in 1992 with it’s multi layers, steps, and legend needed to designate certain symbols within the pyramid itself. It’s also much simpler to understand than the My Pyramid that was released in 2005 that was almost unteachable in most clinic settings, requiring online access and one I personally found challenging to use.

 The My Plate concept is broken into 3 simple messages:

 Balancing Calories

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

 Foods to Increase

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

 Foods to Reduce

  • Decrease high sodium foods like certain soups and breads, and frozen meals and choose foods with lower number
  • Drink water instead of sugar drinks like soda

Hopefully this will provide a clearer picture of what a healthy meal should look like and be used as a launch point for consumers to adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Enjoy!

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