USDA MyPlate

A Simple Guide To Setting A Healthier Table: USDA’s “MyPlate”

According to Mazola‘s partner, WomenHeart, 62% of adult American women – 71.3 million – are overweight and obese.1 In an effort to combat the epidemic of obesity and its related illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, the USDA has replaced its old food guide pyramid with a new symbol of healthy eating, “MyPlate”.2

Instead of the food guide pyramid which featured seven different food categories, “MyPlate” breaks down daily nutrition needs into five categories:

  • Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Dairy
  • Protein

“MyPlate”, unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2011, is a visual representation of what a healthy well-balanced meal should look like on a plate. The USDA created “MyPlate” to help inspire consumers to make healthier food choices.

This new symbol makes it even easier for you to set a healthier table for you and your family. “When it comes to eating, what’s more useful than a plate? More simple than a plate?” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating.”3

“MyPlate” emphasizes the importance of filling half of your plate fruits and vegetables and provides other useful, health-conscious tips such as:

  • Make at least half your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • Balance calories by avoiding oversized portions
  • Drink water instead of soda or other sugary drinks

Click here to learn more about USDA’s “MyPlate” and use it as a tool in conjunction with Mazola® Corn Oil to set a healthier table for your family.