Not a pyramid any more?

The United States Department of Agriculture has a new diet guide to help people navigate what they should be eating and what they should avoid.

“My Plate” shows what should be on the average person’s plate, and in what proportions. Of course fruits, grains, vegetables, protien and dairy are the categories promoted.

It’s something new for us to adapt to, especially those of us who grew up on the notion that following the food pyramid was the key to a healthy and long life.

Some tips offered by the USDA:

Balance your calories:
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.

Increase certain types of food:
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Reduce certain foods:
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

For more information, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov.

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