Harvard Health Letter

Now being served, better nutrition advice

The Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Health Publications team up to produce a more substantive alternative to the government's MyPlate dietary recommendations. In certain respects, our plate just adds some substance to the government's rather sparse version. Like the government version, it's divided into sections that are meant to suggest relative proportions of different types of food, not strict calorie counts. In other respects, the Healthy Eating Plate is supposed to correct some misconceptions about good nutrition, such as the overemphasis on dairy and a reluctance to acknowledge healthful fats, which the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and the MyPlate icon perpetuate.
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