USDA Launches New Food Icon, MyPlate

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Nutrition
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New Food Icon, MyPlateThe federal government’s new food group symbol, MyPlate, will replace MyPyramid. It will help consumers think about their food choices by building a healthy plate.

Balancing Calories

● Enjoy your food, but eat less.

● Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

● Make at least half your grains whole grains.

● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.

● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

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