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By June 2, 2011

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USDA MyPlate food icon

Here it is--the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new food icon, revealed this morning. This new graphic is simpler to understand than the food pyramid and represents the latest recommended dietary guidelines. At their simplest, these boil down to:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals―and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Not all of those are represented on the MyPlate icon, but I think the plate does make the basic advice easier to see and understand. What do you think? Is it an improvement over the pyramid?

June 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(1) anna says:

I really don’t like this approach b/c it focuses on meal but meal balance and I don’t think that is realistic, especially for kids. I think it’s better to shoot for a well balanced day. Sometimes you have more protein at one meal and then your dairy as a snack. Whatever.

A year or two ago I remember there was a report criticizing the fact that preschoolers don’t eat a well balanced lunch. How silly. Preschoolers have very small tummies! By the time you get a bit of chicken and veggies into them, there’s little room for carbs — save that for snack later.

Any way…my 2 cents.

June 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(2) Grandma Kc says:

I like it much better than the old pyramid. I think it gives you a good representation of what you should strive for. Now if I could just do it… and do it consistently.

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