MyPlate 2

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture created MyPlate, an easy-to-follow food guide, to help parents figure out how to feed their kids nutritious, balanced meals. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about MyPlate in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

MyPlate, nutrition guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a food circle depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups.

It replaced the USDAs 19-year-old Food Pyramid in 2011. MyPlate is displayed on food packaging and used in nutrition education in the U.S.

MyPlate is divided into sections of approximately 30 percent grains, 40 percent vegetables, 10 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, accompanied by a smaller circle representing dairy, such as a glass of milk or a yogurt cup.

MyPlate is supplemented with additional recommendations, such as:

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Focus on whole fruits and vary your veggies

Make half your grains whole grains.

Move to low-fat and fat-free dairy, and

Vary your protein routine

The guidelines also recommend portion control while still enjoying food, as well as reductions in sodium and sugar intakes. For more information about low-cost foods and easy recipes that are MyPlate compliant, visit partnerships for healthy children.com.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.