Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello "My Plate"

By: MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press Writer
By: MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press Writer

The Agriculture Department says its new healthy eating symbol, called "My Plate," will show Americans that nutrition doesn't have to be complicated.

It takes the place of the food pyramid, which the government has used in various forms since 1992. "My Plate" is a simple circle divided into four sections that contain fruits, vegetables, protein and grains. It's accompanied by a Website.

USDA officials say the pyramid was tired out, overly complex and tried to communicate too many nutrition facts at once. The plate, unveiled Thursday with first lady Michelle Obama in attendance, is simpler. And it gives diners an idea of what should be on their plates when they sit down at the dinner table.

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