Friday, August 5, 2011

What should be on MY PLATE?

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled its new Food Plate. The earlier Food Pyramid had now been replaced by MyPlate. As our Indian diet gets more westernized with globalization, we should be aware of such changing concepts in the world.

MyPlate divides a plate into four labelled sections that show what a balanced meal should look like. Fruits and vegetables take up half the plate, while the other side offers one section for protein and one section for grains. Dairy is seen to the side in a blue circle much like a cup.

The following are the dietary guidelines included:
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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