SANA Applauds USDA on MyPlate

Washington, June 2, 2011 — The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) applauds the Administration on the creation of practical food guidance through MyPlate. The new icon, released today, is a plate separated into four sections: protein, grains, fruits and vegetables.  A small circle adjacent to the plate identifies dairy.

“MyPlate is straightforward and actionable; adults and children alike will be able to understand what a healthy plate should look like,” said Nancy Chapman, Executive Director, Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA).  “The new icon simplifies the recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines that are, more than ever, relevant for all Americans regardless of age, cultural preferences, or dietary needs,” said Chapman.

As Americans aim to make every meal a healthy meal soyfoods can play a part in any healthy, well-balanced diet.  They nourish the body with high quality protein that is low in saturated fat, full of nutrients, and cholesterol-free.  Soyfoods are versatile and can be incorporated into your plate as a protein, vegetable and dairy.  SANA encourages individuals and families to take the steps to a healthier diet one at a time.  For everyday tips on including soyfoods in your diet, download The Switch To Plant Protein Made Easy With Soy.

The launch of the website ChooseMyPlate.gov was also announced today.  The new website provides practical information to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 were released back in January. They provide nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity

For more information on adopting a plant-based diet please visit www.soyfoods.org or contact SANA at (202) 659-3520.

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The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) is a non-profit trade association that has been promoting consumption of soyfoods in the diet since 1978. SANA is committed to encouraging sustainability, integrity and growth in the soyfoods industry by promoting the benefits and consumption of soy-based foods and ingredients in diets. More information is available at www.soyfoods.org.