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What’s on your plate?

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Whether it was from the classroom or the back of a cereal box, Millennials are probably familiar with the Food Pyramid. But when the USDA released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the pyramid was updated to MyPlate as a more eye-catching and less complicated model for healthier eating.

Take a look at the two:

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However, people might not be aware that these guidelines have also taken other shapes and sizes in the past. In the 1940s and then again in 1984, there have been circular diagrams or “wheels” – In a much earlier guide, they included butter and margarine as a food group!

But as our understanding of health and nutrition increases, so does the approach to recommending foods. Since 1980, dietary guidelines for consumers have been informed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a policy document for professionals. For instance, it informs:

The 2015-2020 guidelines suggests health eating as “not a rigid prescription, but rather, an adaptable framework in which individuals can enjoy foods that meet their personal, cultural, and traditional preferences and fit within their budget.” It offers the following limits as part of its key recommendations:

  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars
  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats
  • Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium
  • If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age

For more information on the Dietary Guidelines, visit the following site: https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietary-guidelines

For helpful handouts and other resources related to nutrition, visit the MedlinePlus topical page on nutrition.

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