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MyPlate replaces MyPyramid

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The much-maligned USDA food pyramid was replaced in June
by the U.S. government’s new MyPlate, timed to coincide with the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

This new national nutrition model makes a notable departure from the meat/beef protein- and dairy-heavy models of the past that were often criticized for
supporting the interests of big agriculture. Here are MyPlate’s main changes from models of

  • It is easy to grasp, even for
  • Vegetables constitute the largest sector.
  • Together, vegetables and fruits make up half the plate.
  • You can place your choice of foods on the plate.
  • You don’t have to count servings or worry about portion sizes (if the plate isn’t too big).
  • Dairy foods—a discretionary group—are off to the side.

Have you had a chance to read the new DGAs or to study the MyPlate model? We would love to hear your thoughts on them and learn if you use either MyPlate or the new DGAs as a resource for clients. Send your comments to
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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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