The USDA has mad a change to the food pyramid that we all grew up with and got to know pretty well. The changes are interesting and I thought I would share them here for everybody’s benefit.
The pyramid has been replaced with a plate. Gone are the recommendations for x number of this or that. In are portion sizes and variety in each meal. I actually like the change, because I think it is simple.
Here is the new graphic of the plate.
As you can see, the plate is comprised of the same basics as the pyramid, but the interesting thing is that it now includes subtle portion sizes. If you notice, fruits and vegetables now cover half of the plate with vegetables being slightly larger than fruits. Same on the other side with grains and proteins. Grains being slightly larger than proteins. Why you might ask? Nutritionists now believe that we should be consuming more vegetables than fruits and more grains than proteins.
The plate also is intended to discourage large portions which can lead to obesity.
Remember, the plate can be used at every meal, but this doesn’t mean that you have to have vegetables for breakfast. Think variety with the plate. Target filling as many as possible at each meal.
For more information, jump over to ChooseMyPlate.gov! At the very bottom of the page, there are descriptions of each of the food groups and what they consider proteins, dairy, and grains. Healthy eating leads to long life!