USDA’s Food Pyramid: 1992-2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveils its new MyPlate system


When you fill your plate, how much of the space is filled with fruits or vegetables?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants you to make sure fruits and vegetables fill half of your plate. So they made it official this week with a new food pyramid that doesn't look like a pyramid at all.

MyPlate is sectioned to show more vegetables and grains than protein and fruits with a side of dairy. The icon replaces the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid, according to the USDA.

Under the USDA guidelines, a moderately active woman, age 31-50, should eat three cups of veggies every day and two cups of fruit. Men need to load up even more with the guidelines suggesting a moderately active man, age 19-30, should eat 3 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit every day.

One cup of fruit could be a medium grapefruit or eight large strawberries.

The USDA website offers advice from how to prepare and eat certain foods to how to get children interested in vegetables.

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