On June 3, 2011, The United States Department of Agriculture replaced the food pyramid with a plate-shaped icon to direct America's nutrition guidelines.  Unlike the Food Pyramid which stressed higher portions of carbohydrates, the foodplate emphasizes that fruits and vegetables should comprise half of the meal plate.  This marks a shift towards a more balanced portion of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. 




The United States Department of Agriculture make the following recommendations:

Balancing Calories
● 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 grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

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

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