The Food Pyramid Changes Its Shape
Written by Admin | November 1, 2016 | In The News
The Food Pyramid is gone. No longer are there a set number of servings per day that a person is advised to eat.
Instead, there is an easier way to remember healthy eating, and it is called “MyPlate.” It is a new approach with a clever visual developed by the Department of Agriculture and endorsed by the American Dietetic Association. MyPlate is an easier way to remind us how to eat a healthy diet throughout our lifetime.
Everything we eat is important to our health but equally significant is the combination of what we eat along with portion size. All our food and beverage choices count, and there is a way to enhance healthier eating with the following tips:
- Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables focusing on whole fruits and a variety of vegetables
- Make half of your grain choices whole grains
- Vary your protein routine by choosing an assortment of fish, chicken and beans; choose red meat and pork less often.
- Move to low-fat or fat-free dairy (milk yogurt or cheese) making sure that they are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy
- Make the fats you eat healthy ones (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats). Switch from solid fats when preparing food
- Desserts should be left for special occasions
If this seems overwhelming, start slowly by making choices that are lower in saturated fat, sodium and added sugars in the foods and beverages you choose. Managing your calories and type of food can help prevent obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. For recipes, facts and more information, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
For some, making healthy meals at home may be challenging due to illness, or being homebound, or other issues. For a good option, try Evening Meals on Wheels, offered by Independent Living.