How can MyPlate help my heart disease?

As you can see from the figure, MyPlate is a dinner plate split into multiple sections, each representing each of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy.

Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are naturally low in heart unhealthy saturated fat so should dominate your plate. Choose lean protein sources such as fish, skinless poultry, leaner meats, nuts and legumes, as well as low fat dairy foods for important nutrients. These foods are lower in heart unhealthy saturated fat than fattier sources of protein and full fat dairy foods.
MyPlate, USDA's food pyramid
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has replaced the familiar Food Pyramid with a graphic called MyPlate. It is a reminder that whenever you sit down to eat, half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruit, while the other half should have protein and grains. Dairy is to the side of the plate. A diet that is high in vegetables and fruits and contains whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and very little saturated fat is considered a heart-healthy diet. It can help reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.

When you sit down to eat, look at your plate and remember the MyPlate guidelines. Is half of your plate filled with heart-healthy fruits and vegetables?

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