Food guide pyramid becomes a food plate

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kay Blakley
Defense Commissary Agency



FORT LEE, Va. — A new graphic image was recently unveiled to illustrate the basics of American’s dietary guidelines.

A healthy meal is now shown as a colorful plate divided into four wedges — representing fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins — plus a small circle, like a drinking glass, representing dairy.

The new graphic, referred to as “MyPlate,” replaces the familiar “MyPyramid” image, as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits detailed in the dietary guidelines.

The dietary guidelines themselves are still the same, including three concepts to implement right away:

Balancing calories
•Enjoy food, but eat less.
•Avoid oversized portions.

Increasing certain foods
•Make half the plate fruits and vegetables.
•Make at least half the grain choices whole grains.
•Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk.

Reducing other foods
•Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals, and choose the foods with lower numbers.
•Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Nutritional guidelines
Learn more about “MyPlate” at; if you visit, you’ll be redirected to this new website. For healthy recipes, visit

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