To convey a quick, simple visual image of the healthy eating messages in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the MyPlate icon in June 2011. The place setting graphically demonstrates that half your plate should be grains and protein and half fruits and vegetables, along with a serving of dairy products.

MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid image. However, MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.

These links give you more information:

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
Full details about the newly released Dietary Guidelines.

USDA’s MyPlate Home Page
Full details on MyPlate including interactive tools, graphics, and links for professional use.

Within the MyPlate website, these links provide specific information on grain foods:

What’s in the Grains Group?

How much is needed?
Whole grains and enriched grains.
The amount of grains you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Recommended daily amounts are in ounce equivalents.
Make at least half your grains whole grains.

What counts as an ounce?
In general, 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, cooked. Check out the link for a more comprehensive chart.

Health benefits & nutrients of grains

Tips to help you eat whole grains

Become a community or national strategic partner with USDA.

Print materials

Interactive tools

For Professionals