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    USDA Food Guide

    USDA Food Guide

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    Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    Nutrition experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services update their food guide every 5 years. It is for both children and adults. And it's meant to help people control portion sizes and make the healthiest choices possible within food groups.

    For a personalized food guide, go to the interactive website www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.


    The MyPlate design reminds people to make healthy food choices, including the following:

    • Eat and drink the right amount for you.
    • Avoid oversized portions.
    • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
    • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. 
    • Make at least half of your grains whole grains.
    • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals-and choose the foods with lower numbers.
    • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

    Current as ofJuly 26, 2016

    Current as of: July 26, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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