Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

Sugar Substitutes: How Much is too Much?

The FDA states that sugar substitutes are safe to eat in the amounts that people typically consume. But just how much is acceptable and safe for human consumption?

MyPlate is the U.S. government's primary food group symbol to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Learn more about translating the guidelines into your everyday life.

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    Get the Facts

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    What Is Glycemic Index?

    Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD

    A food's glycemic index ranking only applies when a food is consumed on an empty stomach without any other type of food. As anyone who's ever eaten food knows, this isn't always how we eat. Read More

  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

    Tips to Keep Your Vegetarian Child Healthy

    Monique Ryan, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

    Are you worried your vegetarian child is not be getting the necessary nutrients in their diet? Make sure that your child receives enough protein, calcium and iron for optimal growth and nutrition. Read More

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    Healthy Weights for Healthy Older Adults

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    Tips and Phrases for Parents of Picky Eaters

    Mary Mullen, MS, RD, Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD

    Being a picky eater can be a natural state for young children. Learn the nine phrases that will turn your picky eater into a more adventurous one. Read More

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    Portion Distortion

    Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD, Mary Mullen, MS, RD

    One reason kids may not be eating appropriately sized portions is that they may not recognize what a MyPlate serving size actually looks like. Read More

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    MyPlate in the School Cafeteria

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Thanks to the USDA’s new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, school meals are now looking a lot more like MyPlate, the government’s roadmap for healthy eating. Read More

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    When Should My Kids Snack?

    Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD, Mary Mullen, MS, RD

    Unplanned snacking interferes with kid's appetites, but well-timed snacks can actually help kids achieve a healthy weight. Read More