04 Jun '11, 5am

Food pyramid replaced by 'healthy plate' model

Food pyramid replaced by 'healthy plate' model

WASHINGTON - THE U.S. government on Thursday ditched its two-decade old "pyramid" model for healthy eating and introduced a new plate symbol half-filled with fruits and vegetables to urge better eating habits. The colorful design, called MyPlate, was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The plate icon is sectioned into four parts, with fruits and vegetables making up one-half and grains and proteins filling the other half. A dairy drink is included alongside. The graphic replaces the food pyramid, released in 1992, which showed that fats and oils were located at the upper tip and should be used sparingly, while whole grains made up the base of the diet with six to 11 servings daily. The pyramid design was modified in 2005 to include slices of color and a figure climbing stairs to suggest the importance of exercise, but critics mainta...

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