Tuesday, November 05, 2013

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about MyPlate in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In an effort to make it easier for parents to figure out how to feed their kids nutritious, balanced meals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has introduced an easy-to-follow food guide icon: MyPlate.

MyPlate uses multi-colored symbols and converts the rainbow-striped food pyramid to look like an actual plate. The pyramid contained very similar information, but looking at MyPlate helps us to see what portion of each food should be eaten.

The plate can be used for every meal. And while you may not eat vegetables at breakfast, you can choose one for a snack later in the day. Your aim should be to eat a variety of foods from all five food groups every day. MyPlate helps us remember more grains than proteins and half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruits.

Whats not on MyPlate? Fats and sugar. Save foods not in the five food groups for just every now and then. Using MyPlate can guide us when we fill our plates. 

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