Monday, June 6, 2011

Choose a Plate

A few days ago the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) replaced the Food Guide Pyramid with a Plate. The argument for the new design is that the old Food Guide Pyramid was confusing and did not clearly provide an example of what one should consume. The new plate clearly outlines what should be on your plate to be in accordance with healthy eating recommendations. The recommended intakes are based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Choose My Plate recommends ½ of your plate include fruits and vegetables. At least ¼ should include grains, half of which should be whole. And the remaining ¼ would include protein foods (meat, chicken, fish, beans). The dairy cup signifies a glass of milk or cup of yogurt.

This plate very closely resembles the American Institute for Cancer Research’s New American Plate. The New American Plate recommends 2/3 of the plate be fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. The remaining 1/3 should be meat, poultry, or fish.

Regardless of the plate you choose to follow, the recommendations are the same. It encourages us to consume more plant-based foods for a healthy, cancer-fighting diet.

For a personalized nutrition evaluation and consultation, please contact me at 443-849-8186 or
Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD
Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition

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