Food pyramid out, 'My Plate' in for healthy eating

(AP) - The Agriculture Department says its newhealthy eating symbol - called "My Plate" - will show Americansthat nutrition doesn't have to be complicated.

It takes the place of the food pyramid, which the government hasused in various forms since 1992. "My Plate" is a simple circledivided into four sections that contain fruits, vegetables, proteinand grains. It's accompanied by a website.

USDA officials say the pyramid was tired out, overly complex andtried to communicate too many nutrition facts at once. The plate,unveiled Thursday with first lady Michelle Obama in attendance, issimpler. And it gives diners an idea of what should be on theirplates when they sit down at the dinner table.

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