USDA Replaces the Food Pyramid

On Thursday, the Surgeon General, Secretary of Agriculture, and First Lady Michelle Obama revealed the USDA’s new nutrition guide, “My Plate”. The new visual food diagram replaces the almost 20 year old Food Pyramid, according to the Associated Press.

My Plate differs from the Food Pyramid by creating an easier to understand visual of a plate with 4 food groups on the plate that include fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. The grains and vegetables portions on the plate are slightly larger than the fruits and protein portions. Alongside the plate is a cup of dairy. The food group “meats and beans” is done away with and replaced with a straight forward category for proteins. Sugars, fats, and oils, are no longer on the food guide at all.

“Parents don't have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of protein. We do have time to look at our kids' plates,” Mrs. Obama explained.My Plate hopes to be simpler and easier for Americans to understand than the more complicated and confusing Food Pyramid.

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