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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Use MyPlate to Evaluate Your Plate

Use MyPlate to Evaluate Your Plate
 USDA’s new approach a big step forward to help consumers plan balanced meals.
-What does a healthy diet look like? That question will be easier to answer with the help of the new MyPlate website and consumer materials unveiled last week by the USDA in Washington, D.C.
The MyPlate website features an easy-to-remember icon—a colorful dinner plate divided into sections for fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins next to a circle representing a cup labeled dairy. The site at also offers tools and resources to help consumers put the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into action by building healthy eating patterns. MyPlate replaces the former USDA MyPyramid food guide.
The basic messages on healthy eating that are emphasized in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate are:
--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 (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
--Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
The new MyPlate system gives a quick visual summary of a healthy meal while allowing great flexibility. “Vegetarians, pregnant women, athletes, and school children can all use this new symbol to determine if their personal eating patterns are in line with expert recommendations,” she says.

Source: Susan Nitzke, UW-Extension Nutrition Specialist

Note to educators:

The new MyPlate icon and rules for its use can be found at:

1 comment:

  1. Nice evaluation! actually I will apply this stuff in my blog!