Harvard Heart Letter

Healthy Eating Plate dishes out sound diet advice

More specific than MyPlate, it pinpoints the healthiest food choices.

With the overload of diet advice out there, it's hard to separate objective, scientific recommendations from those that are slanted by commercial or other agendas. That's why teams from Harvard Health Publications and the Harvard School of Public Health came up with a graphical approach to healthy eating (below). Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate clarifies and amplifies MyPlate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pointing you to the healthiest choices among the major food groups.

You've heard some of this before: Eat more fruits and vegetables — and a greater variety thereof. Half of every meal should consist of those two items. Carbs are good, as long as they're the whole-grain variety. For protein, choose fish, fowl, beans, and nuts over red meat.

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