Nutritional roadmap on a plate: the new icon

June 6, 2011 by  

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Tired of those rather complicated nutritional pyramids? Well, there seems to be an easier, more user-friendly graphic road map towards healthy eating. And it’s on a plate. Check this new icon introduced by the US Department of Agriculture at It is more pleasing to the eye, and easier to follow.

Robert Post, deputy director for the US DA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion explains that the symbol is part of a healthy eating initiative that will convey seven key messages from the government’s dietary guidelines: Enjoy food but eat less; avoid oversized portions; make half your plate fruits and vegetables; drink water instead of sugary drinks; switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk; compare sodium in foods; and make at least half your grains whole grains.”

This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” First Lady Michelle Obama was quoted in a USA Today report.

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