New Food Group Plate Icon Replaces Food Pyramid

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You may have seen the new food group plate icon from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which replaces the food pyramid. Praised by nutritionists and other health professionals as being easier to understand, the plate is divided into recommended serving sizes of the daily diet, with vegetables and fruit taking up approximately half the plate. Grains add another quarter to one-third, and protein adds the smallest component of the daily requirement, less than one-quarter of the plate. The recommendation for dairy consumption is represented by a glass of milk beside the plate. For more information, visit the USDA website at

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