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A History of Nutrition in Images

In June of 2011, The USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama introduced MyPlate. The new icon was intended to be a simplified guide to good nutrition in light of the nation's obesity epidemic. A plate and cup represent portion sizes for each meal, and the image divides foods into five basic groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.

Fruits and vegetables appear much more important in the MyPlate graphic than in the previous two pyramid images, while grains are de-emphasized.

Learn more about MyPlate here.

Image via MyPlate.gov.

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Interesting that milk and butter were once given separate categories and now dairy has been banished to some sort of side plate or saucer.

posted Jun 21st, 2011 8:25 pm


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