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The USDA to Debut a New Food Icon to Replace the Current Food Pyramid

USDA Replaces Food Pyramid With Dinner Plate

On Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a big unveiling. It's swapping out the 4-year-old Food Pyramid (shown here) with a new icon that is said to offer simple, easy-to-understand cues to prompt healthy choices. The new logo will be a circular plate that consists of four colored sections for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. It will also include a smaller plate for dairy, suggesting a glass of low-fat milk or perhaps a yogurt cup. Based on the description, it sounds like we'll be able to model our own dining plates after the USDA's visual guide. The White House is said to have an integral role in the makeover, coordinating the new USDA/HHS dietary guidelines with the First Lady's Let's Move Initiative.

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To see what some of the new dietary recommendations are, just read more.

  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversize portions.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Choose foods with lower sodium amounts.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk.
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trinachka trinachka 4 years
It seems like a savvy move to take the guidelines out of the abstract and frame it on a plate. That visual would be easier to digest than vaguely remembering that grains were on the bottom and butter was on the top.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
The plate idea is much better than a pyramid and its accurate, half your plate should be produce. Finally the govt got a clue, especially with no longer advocating eating mostly grains, the old food guide used to say 6-11 servings!
idawson idawson 4 years
I hope the plate takes off it makes sense to give people a visual cue as to what their plate should look like.
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