Out with the Old and In with the New: Food Pyramid vs. MyPlate

It’s time to say goodbye to that trusty food pyramid you learned about when you were in kindergarten and hello to MyPlate.

After 19 years of trying to convince people to eat and diet based on the USDA approved food pyramid the First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced a new healthy eating method, MyPlate, on June 2.

MyPlate is an easier way to help people make smarter choices when it comes to the food they eat.

The new diagram is a dinner plate that shows you how to portion the fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein you eat.

It reinforces what your parents have always told you, “Eat your fruits and vegetables.” The new diagram shows you that half of your plate should be full of fruits and vegetables and the other half should consist of protein and grains, plus a small glass of dairy.

I can remember learning the food pyramid when I was younger, but if someone asked me what the serving sizes were or how to interpret the diagram, I wouldn’t know where to start. With MyPlate it is easy to picture a dinner plate and remember what each item is and how much room each item should take up on your plate.

The only downside to MyPlate is that there is no area designated for your sugary cravings like the items that were at the top of the pyramid.

To learn more about MyPlate you can visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov. the website has everything you need to learn more about the new eating concept, including tools to create you a personalized plan, provide you with weight loss information and analyze your diet.

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