How do the USDA MyPlate recommendations differ from the food pyramid?

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Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics
The recommendations for the MyPlate differ in several ways although some of the food pyramid messages remain. The MyPlate gives you an immediate visual of how your plate should be divided for healthy eating by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. The portions of foods coming from the five food groups remain the same as well as the colors used to represent each of the five food groups. The key messages with the MyPlate go along with the new 2010 Dietary guideline key messages.

There are four key messages:
  1. build a healthy plate;
  2. cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt;
  3. eat the right amount of calories for you; and
  4. be physically active your way.
The recommendations place a stronger emphasis on balancing your calories with physical activity, and cutting back on the foods that have a direct relation to chronic disease.

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