Usda Food Plate

June 3, 2011 by staff 

Usda Food PlateUsda Food Plate, Do not call a pie chart. In a continuing effort to get America to eat healthier, the USDA on Thursday left its complicated food pyramid in favor of a more palatable MyPlate called visual.

Built in 2010 the Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate a plate divided into four sections labeled to show what a balanced meal should look like. Fruits and vegetables take up half the plate, while the other opens a section of protein and a section for beads. Milk is next to a blue circle much like a cup.

The new icon replaces the nutritional food pyramid, which was introduced by the federal government in 1992. During the years since its introduction, the food pyramid was criticized for being too complicated for consumers to easily understand.

The first lady Michelle Obama, along with Regina Benjamin Surgeon General and the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the new diagram in a press conference on Thursday morning.

“This is a quick reminder, simple for us to be more aware of the foods we eat and as a mother, I can tell you how much this will help parents across the country,” Obama said.

The diagram on the board intends to rise with the nutrition information quickly that will help Americans make better food choices.

“The new icon is simple and easy to understand, with more emphasis on fruits and vegetables,” said Benjamin. “This new tool can be a fun way to help individuals and families to make healthier food choices. I encourage all Americans to follow the new dietary guidelines and become familiar with the new icon, and will serve as a compass for a healthy nation in shape. ”

Web site support for the initiative, urges portion control and reduced use of sodium. Offers advice on nutrition, such as drinking water instead of sugary drinks, and “how to” resources.

With about two-thirds of adults and one third of children in the United States estimates that overweight or obese, the USDA is focused on doing what you should eat more easily understood.

“What we’ve learned over the years is that consumers are bombarded with nutrition messages so that makes it difficult to focus on changes that are necessary to improve their diet,” said Vilsack. “This schedule new campaign will help to unify public opinion and public and private sectors to coordinate efforts and to highlight a desired change by consumers at a time.”

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