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On the heels of the new reports that Americans are gaining more weight than ever, the U.S. government recently unveiled the concept of a new food plate ideal to replace the older food pyramid style, called MyPlate.
The good news is that the new food plate is not dramatically different from the food pyramid. The difference is that the revamped food plate is simplified and fun and encourages consumption of balanced meals.
What Should We Be Eating?
The new food plate includes brightly colored sections, each representing one of five food groups.
One of the most confusing aspects of the plate is the grains category. Many Americans don’t realize that choosing the right carbohydrate is important. Whole grains are loaded with fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and studies have even shown to reduce the risk for chronic diseases and certain types of cancers. Foods high in fiber will also give you a feeling of fullness, which will help prevent you from overeating.
It’s important not to get discouraged and assume that you can’t incorporate these foods into your everyday diet. Some tips for adding vegetables to your diet:
Remember to avoid oversized portions. Try to enjoy your food and eat less. Consider reducing sodium in your diet as well by choosing soup, bread and frozen meals low in sodium.
To learn more about the food plate, read frequently asked questions answered by a Sharp registered dietitian.
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp’s outpatient nutrition program, please read Outpatient Counseling Program, or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-877-4277).
To learn more about Sharp's nutrition services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about nutrition, read the Nutrition News archive.
To learn more about the food plate, please visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov.
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