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USDA Introduces “My Plate” Guide to Healthy Diet

June 20, 2011
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The food pyramid of USDA showed millions of Americans the foods to eat for a healthy diet. The USDA announced a healthy “My Plate” to replace the pyramid.

The message of the new plate is clear: half of the foods you eat should be fruits and vegetables. Grains are 25 percent and proteins are 25 percent of the daily diet recommended by USDA. Dairy products and deserts are off  to the side. They should not be a big part of the diet.

Grain foods include pastas, breads, and cereals made with whole grains. Other sources are brown rice, quinoa, corn, oats, and wild rice. You are eating whole grains when you eat oatmeal, popcorn and buckwheat pancakes.

Protein foods include meats, chicken, fish, pork, eggs, dairy, beans and nuts.

The “My Plate” logo is going to food producers, health insurers, food markets, restaurants and schools. The government hopes its will remind people to eat a healthy diet. Its main goal is to reduce obesity.

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