Healthy Diet: Harvard unveils new Eating Plate guide

Healthy Eating Pyramid by Harvard University
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Harvard University unveiled its "Healthy Eating Plate" Thursday as a nutritional guide which it says is better way to make healthier choices than the U.S. government's “MyPlate” guide.

Harvard University new "Eating Plate" recommends filling half the plate with vegetables and fruits (potatoes and French fries don't count as vegetables), a quarter of the plate for whole grains and the rest with healthy sources of protein such as fish, poultry, beans or nuts.

The Harvard guide recommends completing a meal with a cup of water, tea or coffee with little or no sugar and limit milk and dairy products to 1 to 2 servings a day.

Olive and canola oil are advised for cooking, on salads and at the table.

Harvard said it made its own version of the nutritional guide because the Department of Agriculture's MyPlate "still doesn't go far enough to show people how to make the healthiest choices."

Harvard's plate has the same four sections as the USDA's nutritional guide but the University’s has more detailed information about the foods that are healthier.

See the Harvard Health Eating Plate below:


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