How many people remember the Basic Four Food Groups? How many people have even heard of My Pyramid? That’s pretty much what I thought.
Anyway the USDA has once again made some modifications in their diet recommendations. They are not willing to admit people can’t keep a complex and ever changing model in their heads when it comes time to reach for that next snack, so they’ve decided the problem was the graphic and MyPyramid has become MyPlate, and you can check it out at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html.
Take a look and see what they’ve come up with.
The following were recommended to me as the most important and useful features of the new page.
- This printable
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/sites/default/files/printablematerials/GettingStartedWithMyPlate.pdf is a good introduction to MyPlate.
- A nice one page summary of key messages from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines is at
- The 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series at
offers 14 attractive one page handouts. Each handout offers 10 tips on various subjects, including “Choose MyPlate – 10 Tips to a great plate”, “Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits”, “Cut Back on Your Kid’s Sweet Treats”, “Be a
Health Role Model for Children” and others. Check this out frequently because they say there are more to come.
- You may find A Brief History of USDA Food Guides interesting:
Back in 2010, they unveiled the new My Plate site before all the supporting material was ready, officially My Pyramid was still OK too, but it went the way of previously junked models to make people eat better.
UPDATED April 2, 2016: I had to go through and fix all the links in this one, reworked the language to update it, added the symbol for MyPlate, and the signature block.
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