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Food pyramid vs Food plate

This picture shows you the food pyramid

Chris Martin . Food Pyramid (CC BY-SA)

In May 2011, the food pyramid concept was abandoned in favor of a new shape: a plate.


Because the food plate is easier to understand. Look

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 110613-F-JZ020-974 (Dominio público)

Use the Food Plate as a guide for creating healthy, and balanced meals.

Vegetables and fruits – ½ of your plate: Aim for color and variety, and remember that potatoes don’t count as vegetables.

Whole grains – ¼ of your plate: Whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice, and wheat pasta.

Protein power – ¼ of your plate: Fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are all healthy. Limit red meat, and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.

Healthy plant oils – in moderation:Choose olive oil, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which contain unhealthy trans fats. Remember that low-fat does not mean “healthy.”

Drink water, coffee, or tea: Avoid sugary drinks, limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and limit juice to a small glass per day.

Healthy eating means to eat the correct amount of nutrients – protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health.

Food pyramid
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