Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Food Plate

By: Sarah De Heer
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Today, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama introduced MyPlate, the updated version of the American nutrition guide -- the food pyramid.

The new diet incorporates these seven key messages:
Balancing Calories:

1. Enjoy your food, but eat less.

2. Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase:

3. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

4. Make at least half your grains whole grains.

5. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce:

6. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals -- and choose the foods with lower numbers.

7. Drink water instead of sugary drinks

For more on MyPlate, visit Healthy Eats.

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