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Good-bye Food Pyramid, hello “MyPlate”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the new food pyramid which is actually not a pyramid now at all, but a plate. I absolutely love it and it reinforces what many of us know is the key to healthy eating, when you assemble your plate (and it should be a small plate!) it should consist of half fruits and veggies, one quarter each grains and proteins. Protein should not serve as the foundation of the meal, but more as a side. I think this is a simpler and easier to understand guide to healthy eating, compared to the pyramid. They list some easy to understand and implement guidelines as well – here is some information from – what do you think of “MyPlate?”


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.

4 Responses to “Good-bye Food Pyramid, hello “MyPlate””

  1. Lynda Estes says:

    This will be so much easier for teachers in public schools to teach! I remember having to teach nutrition using the pyramid–a lot of work!

    I also think that it will be easier for everyone else as well.

  2. Irene Fridsma says:

    I was listening to the show discussing the 15g of sugar per day rule. I do pretty well with limiting sugar but so many suggestions involved adding cheese and dairy to the diet. I would like to hear some suggestions for those that are lactose intolerant. I have health restriction as to fresh fruits and vegetables(can’t have them), and not using dairy. We eat lots of salmon, and sweet potatoes, grainy breads. I don’t add butter, or oil to my foods. We eat cooked vegetables and lots of homemade soup made from chicken, and vegetables with a little barley thrown in. Regular old fashioned oatmeal with nuts and fruit and a little low-cal dairy creamer. Any other suggestions for improving what I’m doing. Thanks, Irene

  3. success_1of4 says:

    Wow the food pyramid. I never really paid to much attention to it anyway. I believe it was way to specific, everyone is different and I think it shouldn’t be that way. Furthermore, the size of the plate can vary for each person.

  4. Katja says:

    Irene, have you tried the lactose free milk yet? Myself and my son use it daily, it’s good for cooking and baking as well. And I don’t mean that sugary-bad tasting stuff, but Valio’s milk. Also, most matured cheeses are non-lactose as well (but check the box anyway ;)

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