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Government Introduces MyPlate

Government Replaces Food Pyramid With MyPlate

This morning, Michelle Obama and the US Department of Agriculture revealed a new symbol for a healthy American diet. The food pyramid, which has been around since 1992, has been replaced with MyPlate. The color-coded guidelines call for a fruit- and vegetable-heavy diet with grains and proteins consumed in smaller quantities. The government recommends that Americans switch to low-fat or fat-free milk, reduce processed and frozen meals as well as portion size, and opt for water instead of sugary drinks.

They emphasize that food choice is a personal thing, but that the correct choices need to be made. "Enjoy your food," the website says, "but eat less."

I try to eat as many fruit and vegetables as possible and don't drink sodas, so I'm on my way to meeting the standards set by MyPlate. How about you? What do you think of MyPlate?


kimberlychapman kimberlychapman 6 years
It's completely useless because the sections can be filled with processed junk. For instance, I know too many moms who use HFCS-sweetened fruit cups as a "healthy" snack and would consider that the fruit portion of this plate. Read Marion Nestle's book to learn about how the USDA serves agribusiness, not consumers. They exist to help the industry sell stuff to you, not to protect you from the industry. People need to do their own research, learn to read labels, and make their own smart choices.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
....I'm thinking the white portions?
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Where is the BACON segment?
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years longer need to be a scientist to figure out what to eat....
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
This is different than what was shown on Dr. Oz but it is workable.
lekatvt lekatvt 6 years
This is how my dietitian taught me to eat, by splitting my plate like this. It's nice to see the rest of the country going that way too.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
It's definitely a more effective visual than the Food Pyramid was. And the plate finally gives high priority to vegetables. However, I don't think that's going to change how restaurant menus are — heavy on the protein and grains, light on the vegetables and greens!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
I think this is a great idea because it's SO much easier to understand than the pyramids!! Everyone is different, so we can't tell how many "servings" of something someone needs in one day. Everyone can look at their plate and see what's on it, though!
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