Thursday, September 19, 2013

What is on Your Plate?

Portion sizes that Americans choose are getting larger and larger. To combat this trend the University of New Hampshire has created a new plate for their dining halls. Two years ago the government ditched the food pyramid and started using the MyPlate figure. The University of New Hampshire took this a step further by printing the dietary guidelines directly on the plates students use in the dining halls. This allows students to visually see what their portion sizes are compared to what they should be without having to do extra work. While some students say that the plates do not affect their food choices, while others claim it has made them more aware of what they are eating. While the outcome is not certain, the use of these plates seems to be a step in helping people choose healthier meals.  

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