Simpson’s Wellness Corner
The USDA’s guideline for healthy eating has switched from the food pyramid to the “MyPlate” graphic to give a better visual of the breakdown of what our meals should look like.
The website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets. It features selected messages to help consumer focus on key behaviors. Selected messages include:
o Enjoy your food, but eat less.
o Avoid oversized portions.
o Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
o Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
o Make at least half your grains whole grains.
o Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals—and choose foods with lower numbers.
o Drink water instead of sugary drinks. (Our Side Note: Reducing sugary drinks can have a big impact, given that a 12 oz. can of soda is 140 to 150 empty calories, with about 40 grams of sugar.)