Thursday, June 2, 2011

USDA Food Icon

Here is it!

This is the USDA's new food icon which replaces the food pyramid. I love the simplicity of this tool. And, there is more information on the USDA website including the following summary:

Balancing Calories
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Simple, clear messages such as these will help consumers a great deal. While this tool doesn't go as far as "The Real Food Plate" we introduced yesterday, it is a huge leap better. Well done, USDA, well done.

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