What are the USDA MyPlate nutrition recommendations?

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Laura Russell
Nutrition & Dietetics
The simplest way to think about nutrition is that the most of us need to eat more vegetables and less meat and starches. We need a balance, so MyPlate visually demonstrates that by sectioning the plate into food groups -- fruit, vegetables, dairy, grains, protein. If you make a conscious effort to balance your plate and include reasonable portions of all food groups, you are on your way to following a healthy diet. 
The new MyPlate is a dinner plate split into multiple sections, each representing not only a different type of food but also the relative proportion that these foods should dominate your diet. At a blink of an eye, you will now see that half of your plate should be devoted to waist- and heart-friendly vegetables and fruit with a smaller portion for whole grains and lean protein foods such as fish, skinless poultry, and lean meats. The circle shape next to the plate is a visual reminder to make sure that non fat and low fat dairy foods such as milk are not forgotten at mealtime.

With over 65 percent of Americans overweight, this visual shift of foods on your plate can make a dramatic effect on your calorie intake. Devoting more than half of the surface of the plate to low calorie vegetables and fruit will crowd out higher calorie grains and protein foods, potentially cutting over 100 calories from your dinner.

Read more about MyPlate on my blog at: http://salge-blake.blogspot.com/2011/05/food-pyramid-tumblesthe-healthy-plate.html
 
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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.