myplate_blueThe USDA has thrown out the 2005 food pyramid and replaced it with a plate. It’s all part of the continuing effort to help people choose better foods. But mostly it recognizes what we knew all along … that the old pyramid was way too complicated and confusing.

So now we have a plate. It tells us pretty clearly that we should be filling half our plate with vegetables and fruits. The other half should be more grains than protein (meat and beans). We’re encouraged to have a little dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese) on the side.

There’s more advice at the www.choosemyplate.gov website, including:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Make at least half of your grains whole grains
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

But perhaps the best advice is the oldest advice. If we go all the way back to 1902, we can find the USDA’s very first set of dietary guidelines, which included: Eat more vegetables. Limit fat, sugar, and starchy carbohydrates.