Sara Parr, RD


US Government Food Pyramid is Gone

by Sara Parr, RD

Good bye food guide pyramid and hello MyPlate.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new a new symbol to help Americans eat healthier - the plate. This will replace the food pyramid first published by the USDA in 1992 which was designed to help Americans understand which food groups to focus on for better health.

MyPlate is less complicated with selected messages to help consumer focus on key behaviors. Selected messages include:

  • 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 your grains whole grains.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen
    meals—and choose foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

For more information, go to, which replaces