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2010 Dietary Guidelines: How to Eat According to the New Food Pyramid, MyPlate

Follow this guide to healthy eating with MyPlate.

The USDA recently launched the new icon—a plate(!)—to accompany the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Called MyPlate, it’s a stark divergence from the well-known food pyramid, which has symbolized what Americans should eat for the past 20 years. The plate is an easy-to-use template and offers at-a-glance guidance for constructing a healthful meal: 1) make half your plate fruits and vegetables; 2) reserve a little over a quarter of your plate for grains and make them whole at least half the time; 3) give protein a bit less than a quarter of your plate; and 4) include low-fat dairy or calcium-fortified soymilk. The image, however, isn’t all-encompassing. Where it misses the mark is advice on portion sizes. Here we offer tips and tricks for what a healthy portion of each food group looks like. Visit choosemyplate.gov to find out how many servings of each food group you should be eating every day. The suggestions are based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet.

—Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor

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