Thursday, June 2, 2011

Choose My Plate

MyPlate



    The USDA has just released the new food icon to help folks in America understand healthy eating today the pyramid was replaced with a plate. I love a plate model see below for the British version I was trained using. 


My initial thoughts are that fats and sugar should be included in a small segment as its more realistic for folks and good additional information to cover the basics of foods containing protein (lentils, beans, meat, fish and eggs), grains meaning whole grain carbohydrates (whole grain bread, pasta, rice, cereal and so on). 


But thats where registered dietitians come in like myself, we are specially trained to turn complex nutritional science into everyday advice tailored for the individual. I think the plate is a starting point for discussion and easier to grasp than the pyramid. 

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.  





The British One




What do you think?





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