Use MyPlate to Evaluate Your Plate

What does a healthy diet look like? That question is easy to answer with the help of the MyPlate website and consumer materials.

The MyPlate website features an easy-to-remember icon—a colorful dinner plate divided into sections for fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins next to a circle representing a cup labeled dairy. The site at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ offers tools and resources to help consumers put the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into action by building healthy eating patterns. MyPlate replaces the former USDA MyPyramid food guide.

The basic messages on healthy eating that are emphasized in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate are:

–Enjoy your food, but eat less.

–Avoid oversized portions.

–Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

–Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

–Make at least half your grains whole grains.

–Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.

–Drink water instead of sugary drinks.