Make MyPlate, Your Plate
Guess what? We have a new food icon called MyPlate. Following up on the launch of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, USDA just unveiled MyPlate to remind us to think about building a healthy plate at meal times—and to make healthier food choices.
The MyPlate symbol shows the five food groups (fruit, vegetable, grain, protein and dairy) within a place setting—and includes awareness of portion sizes as well. The symbol visually shows that half the plate should be made up of fruits and veggies—and we need less protein than grains. Dairy is still important to the diet too.
MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the primary food group symbol to help us meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. MyPyramid will continue to serve as the foundation to healthy eating—so health professionals will continue to use it—but we’ll see MyPlate more often now. MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines suggest:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Make at least half your grains whole grains.
- Compare sodium in foods—and choose foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water to keep calories down.
Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more. Coming soon from USDA will be online tools to personalize and manage your dietary and physical activity choices.
Make changes to your diet one day at a time—and using MyPlate will help. Experts say it takes just 21 days to build a new habit. Come back soon to eatbetteramerica. We’re continuing to develop ideas and tools to help you eat healthier foods, manage your weight and improve your lifestyle in 2011 and beyond.