Breaking News: Launch of the New Food Icon

The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released its new food icon earlier today-a plate. The plate is replacing (the confusing) MyPyramid, which previously replaced the popular and iconic food guide pyramid back in 2005.

The simplified icon is a plate: Fruits and vegetables cover half of it, with the remaining part of the plate made up of protein and grains. The depiction also includes “a cup” for milk

At first glance the plate seems simple and easy to understand. It will allow people to eyeball portion sizes instead of relying on the cumbersome task of measuring.

Remember, the plate is only meant to be a guideline for the public at large–each person has their own individual needs that always need to be considered.


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