Food Pyramid in a Dinner Plate

Jun 03, 2011
When we want to learn the basics of healthy eating, we start from Food Pyramid. But for most of us this may seem too complicated to remember. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has introduced a new simple model of a balanced nutrition. The Dinner Plate is easier-to-understand version of Food Pyramid that was first launched in 1992 and improved in 6 years ago. The new model was welcomed by the First Lady, whose Let's Move anti-obesity initiative team worked together with USDA.

Basically, the model looks very simple in a form of a plate that has four sections for such food groups as fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins plus a small plate for dairy. This means that about half of our plate should be fruits and vegetables, while the other half should be grains and protein. In addition the new dietary recommendations suggest switching to low-fat or fat-free milk. The new scheme will be clear not only for parents, but for children, who can easily learn about healthy eating.

Other recommendations include:
  1. Enjoy your food, but eat less

  2. Avoid oversized portions.

  3. Choose foods with lower sodium content

  4. Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Learn more at Choosemyplate.com