The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the traditional Food Pyramid will be replaced with an icon in the shape of a plate, to help Americans understand and achieve a balanced diet.
Information about the new icon, along with with links to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the USDA and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in February, can be found at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
The new icon, pictured at left, is in the shape of a plate, and shows the proportions of foods in each category that ideally should comprise your daily diet.
The plate icon illustrates the advice given by the new Nutritional Guidelines for Americans that were announced in February: Make half your daily diet fruits and vegetables.
The USDA also has made available Interactive Tools for Dietary Guidance to help you plan a healthy menu.
For more on the launch of the MyPlate icon, see this video by the USDA:
See our previous article on New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Issued by USDA and HHS
See also our resource pages on Diet & Nutrition: Physical Wellness
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