Friday, June 10, 2011

Food Pyramid vs. MyPlate

The USDA recently introduced the “Healthy Plate” to replace the old food pyramid. It is called, ' MyPlate ' and the message is:
Eat a variety of foods.
Eat less of some foods and more of others.

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.

The ‘Food Guide Pyramid’ has been the model for healthy eating in the United States since 1992; it was updated in 2005. The first food pyramid was published in Sweden in 1974. HubPages has an overview of the pyramid including a photo of the cook book author Anna Britt Agnsäter's 1974 pyramid.

Check out Healthy Eating Politics for an article on the origins on the Food Pyramid.
Take a look at
10 Food Pyramids from around the world @ Huffington Post.

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