Eating nutritiously is an important part of good health. In June 2011, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) released a new food icon to help teach Americans to eat better. It is called Myplate. Myplate was developed using the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The main principles of Myplate include:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
- 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.
Want to learn more about MyPlate? Check out the website
www.ChooseMyPlate.gov, which contains a wealth of resources based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help individuals meet nutrient and calorie needs and make positive eating choices.
Courtesy Utah State University Cooperative Extension