USDA SCRAPS FOOD PYRAMID FOR A "HEALTHY PLATE"
The USDA has recently replaced the 19 year old food pyramid with a new program entitled "My Plate," which is divided into four colorful sections and a separate side section for dairy. The new icon is simple easy to understand for adults and children alike.
So what's the "Healthy Plate" look like?
· ½ the plate focuses on healthy fruits and
· Protein is the smallest part of the plate
· Grains are a bit larger portion than protein, but remember that 'whole
grains' are the healthier option.
· Two to three daily servings make up the side plate.
How do I make a 'Healthy Plate' ?
· Read food labels (Nutrition Facts) and the ingredients to make healthy
· Check the number of calories PER SERVING you will eat. When you
double the serving, you double the calories and all of the other
macro/micro nutrients on the label.
· Choose foods with lower calories that contain minimal if any
saturated/TRANS fats, and low amounts of sodium.
· Limit foods that have ADDED sugars, like sucrose, high fructose corn
syrup, and fructose.
For more information about the Healthy Plate program visit: http://www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
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