top image is an example of a typical meal in the United States. This meal has
too many calories and too much fat, cholesterol, animal protein, salt, and
sugar. It is missing whole grains and fresh fruits and doesn't have enough
The bottom image shows a
suggested dinner. Divide your plate into four parts to see how much space each
food should take:
Bread, starchy foods, or grain should take up
just one fourth of your plate.
Meat or another protein should also
take up just one fourth of your plate.
Vegetables should fill the
remaining half of your plate.
Have 1 small piece of fruit outside
of your plate.
Have 1 cup milk or yogurt or ½ cup pudding or ice
cream outside of your plate.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.