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What’s On Your Plate?

June 2nd, 2011

What’s On Your Plate?

June 2, 2011 — It’s not just parents who tell you it’s important to eat your veggies, the government does too! First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new design today showing us what healthy eating looks like. On a plate. And it’s simple. Finally.

The big takeaway?

Half your meal should be fruits and vegetables.

(For funny fruit and veggie jokes, click here )

 

Some other important parts of her meal plan:

— drink water instead of sugary drinks

— avoid oversized portions

— make at least 1/2 your grains whole grains (so, brown rice instead of white rice, for example)

— switch to low-fat milk

— compare sodium (salt) on food packages and go with the ones that have less

You can learn more at www.choosemyplate.gov

Many of you have probably heard of the Food Pyramid, if not from your family then probably at school.  You’ve probably even colored it in, I know we have. The original version came out in 1992 and then a newer one (on the right) in 2005.  But many adults, nutritionists, and even the current head of the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack, found it very confusing.

People didn’t really use it. You had to figure out which color went with which food group and then figure out how many ounces of a certain food was in a serving, and by then pretty much everyone had given up. So many people are happy that Mrs. Obama and the USDA came up with a new one.

And at a time when 1/3 of all kids and 2/3 of adults in the U.S. are considered obese or overweight (and the health problems that come with that), it’s good to have this new and easy to understand reminder.

How does your plate look?

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