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USDA Replaces Food Pyramid With Simpler Icon Showing Healthy Food Choices

June 2, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a new icon – MyPlate – designed to remind Americans about making healthier food choices. The new plate-shaped icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. Introduced to the country by First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the icon was called “an uncomplicated symbol” that drives home the idea that healthier lives begin with a healthier diet. "This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we're eating, Mrs. Obama said. The agency also unveiled an informational Web site, ChooseMyPlate.gov,
to provide tools and resources for individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets.
"Food Pyramid Replaced by MyPlate Icon Emphasizing Fruit, Vegetable, Grains, Protein and Dairy", Press release, USDA, June 02, 2011, via EurekAlert, © USDA
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