I was dazed and confused when they messed with the food pyramid a few years ago especially when they upped the requirement for the one thing that was my enemy- bread. Apparently, I was not the only one left in a dazed and confused state which is why the USDA ditched the pyramid and replaced it with a plate.
I can understand a plate– I think.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the replacement plate…aka the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2010. They want us to make half of our plate fruits and vegetables. Check out the new plate icon above- sectioned off to show fruits and vegetables as half of the plate. The USDA wants us to know that the recommendation are easy to understand.
Here’s the scoop from the USDA:
- The government recommendation to make half our plate fruits and vegetables is a “significant and positive step in the battle to fight obesity and related health issues in America”.
- There is no longer a reference to fats and oils
- Meats and Beans has become “proteins” (how is that going to be simple to figure out?)
So how much fruit and vegetables do we need?
Well, the USDA’s source for what we should be eating, the former mypyramid, is now choosemyplate.
The specifics on the site are a bit vague or possibly getting updated (I want to think).
However, under the USDA guidelines, a moderately active woman, age 31-50, should eat 3 cups of veggies every day and 2 cups of fruit.
What we should know, and probably already do, is:
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grain
Do you tend to listed to the dietary guidlines such as the “Pyramid” or “Plate”?
And…am I the only one who noticed there is no spot for chocolate on that plate???