MyPlate, a Useful Tool for Healthy Eating

The American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, gives MyPlate, the U.S. government’s new graphic symbol for nutrition advice, the thumbs up. They reported that MyPlate will be a useful, intuitive way for people to eat well and improve their health. The new MyPlate icon, which is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is a plate split into four sections, each representing a different type of food (protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.) The sections vary in size depending on the recommended portion of each food people should eat. A circle next to the plate represents dairy products. By viewing the icon at www.choosemyplate.gov, you can click on each section of the plate for more information. In addition, you can see how many servings you should choose of each food category, based on your individual needs.

Source: The American Dietetic Association, June 2, 2011

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