In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the MyPlate food icon to replace the previously used Food Pyramid concept. MyPlate is a food recommendation chart shaped like a plate, with sections for each food group.

MyPlate serves as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices and think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups.

Visit the MyPlate web site at to learn more and to access resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly information.

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