MyPlate Spotlights Dairy

New USDA initiative, Choose My Plate, offers a new graphic to replace the food pyramid that can be confusing. Dairy is spotlighted as an important addition to each meal.

| June 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. — The shape may have shifted from pyramid to plate, but the message remains the same: dairy is an important part of the daily diet, for adults and children alike.

For that reason, the U.S. dairy industry praised the USDA's new MyPlate education tool, which provides a clear and visual message that a healthy diet is comprised of a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.

For more on the new MyPlate initiative, visit the USDA website. 

America's dairy farmers and processors commend the USDA for including a light blue circle depicting a serving of “Dairy” – milk, cheese or yogurt – next to the dinner plate to illustrate how to build a healthy eating plan, including a serving of dairy at every meal.

“Knowing what we do about dairy's ability to reduce the risk of conditions like osteoporosis, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, we think it's exciting that dairy is highlighted individually,” says Jean Ragalie, R.D., president of National Dairy Council. “The location of dairy on the graphic really helps it stand out as an essential part of a healthy eating plan.”

“Milk provides a unique package of nine essential nutrients and dairy foods are a substantial contributor of many nutrients that are important for good health,” says Vivien Godfrey, CEO of the Milk Processor Education Program. “We are firm believers in the importance of ‘pouring one more’ serving of dairy, and this tool will be a fresh reminder to all Americans as they sit down at their tables with their families.”

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