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.
personalized food guide, go to the interactive website
The MyPlate design reminds people to make healthy food choices, including the following:
Enjoy your food, but eat less.
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 ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator