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Monday, October 10, 2011

Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Plate

Remember the old Food Pyramid? Well, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has come out with a new icon to help us plan our meals. One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested.

What do you think of these new guidelines? Much simpler than the pyramid we all learned about in school, don't you think? In case you want to take a look, here's the old food pyramid:

In my opinion, this new plate icon seems to encourage a much healthier diet: more fruits and vegetables and less carbohydrates and dairy. I'm pretty thrilled this is what kids will be learning about at school from now on :). If you want to read more, CNN has a great article about the new "Plate," which you can find here.

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