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Monday, May 23, 2011

My Plate - Plate Size Matters

The federal government's new Food Plate  is prefaced with the pronoun MY to emphasize that eating is not a one size fits all proposition.

Their website offers many interactive tools to help you personalize an eating plan that is right for you and your family.

The old and new food pyramids are out.  My plate recognizes that individual food requirements differ based on age, sex, exercise and whether the goal is to lose or gain weight. It is easier to understand portion size on a plate.

Based on a 2000 calorie diet, the average daily requirements include 6oz. of grains, preferably whole grains, 2.5 cups of various vegetables, 2 cups of various fruits, 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free dairy products, 5.5oz. of lean cuts of meat, seafood, and beans.  Most people consume their daily oil allowance of 5 -7 teaspoons in food. Solid fats, trans fats and saturated fats should be limited. Choose foods low in sugar. 

And, remember plate size matters.

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