From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate: A Change on the Dietary Guideline

Are you familiar with the look of this food pyramid?

Does the congested image of sectioned layers piled with various food groups and information overwhelm you?

If so, here’s some good news!  

Nineteen years after the Food Pyramid icon was first introduced, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally decided to replace the Food Pyramid dietary guideline with MyPlate.

The concept of MyPlate is super easy.  Divide your plate into the four sections of the major dietary food groups: Grains, Vegetables Fruits and Protein.  Vegetables and Grains each take slightly more than a quarter of the plate space, while the protein and fruits each take less than a quarter.   Other important fat-free or low-fat calcium rich dairy food has the smallest portion size in your daily meal.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a website at http://www.ChooseMyPlate.gov  to help people learn more about the new dietary icon.  You will find a variety of wonderful resources to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as managing your weight and  calorie intake,  planning your daily meal , and tracking your personal diet and physical activities. 

Besides using these resources, you can also explore our library’s online catalog to find books, book CDs or DVDs on this topic. 

Here are a few titles that we found interesting: 

Why Calories Count Why Calories Count

 

Fueling the Teen Machine Fueling the Teen Machine

 

Everyday Paleo Everyday Paleo

 

   Enjoy!