What is the advice of the USDA (the governmental agency in charge of nutrition)?
The Plate features four sections – vegetables, fruits, grains and protein plus a side order of dairy. The big message is that fruits and vegetables take up half the plate, with the vegetable portion being a little bigger than the fruit section. The grain section is bigger than the protein section because it is recommended you eat more vegetables than fruit and more grains than animal protein foods. The divided plate also aims to discourage super-big portions, which can cause overweight.
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