Understanding What's on MyPlate
Ever wonder what foods you should be eating and how much? Well, the ChooseMyPlate website from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may have the simple answer you are looking for. The USDA created MyPlate as a way to illustrate the relative amounts of different types of food people should eat daily to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. There is also an interactive website containing a wealth of information, including explanations of food groups; common foods in each group; detailed guidelines for good nutrition; and personalized tools for tracking eating habits.
What's on MyPlate?Each colored area on the plate represents a different food group as well as an idea of how much food from that group should be on your plate:
The Keys to a Healthy YouOn the main page of the MyPlate website you will find the MyPlate symbol, along with these key message tabs:
MyPlateThe MyPlate tab highlights all the food groups. First, you get an overview. Once you get comfortable, dive in and read about each group individually.
Food GroupsIf you need a starting place, check out the food groups page. Here you can learn how to boost your vegetable intake, or find low fat alternatives to common dairy products. Are you confused about portion sizes? Don't worry, all the information can be found here. In general, you'll want to remember these nutrition basics:
- Half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.
- At least half your grains should be whole grains.
- Use fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.