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MyPlate helps remind people how to make smart, healthy eating choices

MyPlate, which is replacing MyPyramid, is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new graphic for healthy eating.

The new icon, released in the summer of 2011, is designed to remind Americans to eat healthy. It uses a plate setting to illustrate what a healthy meal could look like. The plate contains a section for grains, vegetables, fruits and protein rich foods, such as meats, beans, soy food, etc. The cup represents dairy products.

There are tips associated with each section within MyPlate to help consumers easily incorporate healthy options when choosing what to eat. These short, catchy phrases help consumers remember how to put it all together:
• Fruits: focus on fruits
• Vegetables: vary your veggies
• Grains: make at least half your grains whole
• Dairy: get your calcium rich foods
• Protein: go lean with protein

MyPlate resources incorporate selected messages from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers focus on key behaviors. These messages include:

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