New Food Pyramid Released

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:13 AM PDT
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When you fill your plate, how much of the space is filled with fruits or vegetables?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants you to make sure fruits and vegetables fill half of your plate. So they made it official this week with a new food pyramid that doesn't look like a pyramid at all.

The icon is sectioned to show more vegetables and grains than protein and fruits with a side of dairy.

Under the USDA guidelines, a moderately active woman, age 31-50, should eat 3 cups of veggies every day and 2 cups of fruit. Men need to load up even more with the guidlines suggesting a moderately active man, age 19-30, should eat 3 1/2 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruit every day.

One cup of fruit could be a medium grapefruit or eight large strawberries.

The USDA website offers advice from how to prepare and eat certain foods to how to get children interested in vegetables.

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