The New Food Pyramid Requirements

food-pyramid-requirements-189x300Did you know that the new food pyramid is really a plate? In 2011, the USDA changed from The Food Pyramid to My Plate, because MyPyramid was failing to capture the public’s attention. The new symbol for the USDA’s food guide is meant to inspire the public and actively lead people to make the correct eating choices, particularly in supermarkets and restaurants where you may buy seafood.

The New York Times reports that the pyramid’s replacement will be a “plate-shaped symbol, sliced into wedges for the basic food groups and half-filled with fruits and vegetables.” The wedges will be color coded for fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. A smaller plate next to the large plate represents dairy, and the new symbol is designed to be easily understood at a glance.

The concept is the same: more of some foods, less of others. In this new USDA food pyramid design, though, the visual effect is meant to inspire people to eat the proper portions, and avoid sugary beverages. With this change, seafood is a part of the Protein section, which includes beans and other types of meat. MyPlate has different daily recommendations of how much protein you should eat, but it is around 4 to 6 ounces daily. MyPlate says you should choose seafood at least twice a week as the main protein food. Look for seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, trout, and herring. Some ideas are:

  • Salmon steak or filet
  • Salmon loaf
  • Grilled or baked trout

One of the most beneficial nutrients found in seafood is omega-3 fatty acids, and those acids are a great reason to eat more seafood as suggested by the USDA and MyPlate. Omega-3 fatty acids are valuable because they help cells grow and stay healthy.  They also assist in lowering blood pressure, improve brain function and memory, lower triglyceride levels, and decrease the possibility of heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer, allergies, and other diseases.  Omega-3’s can even help in the development of the brain and visual system of young babies.

If you are interested in a healthy diet, Morey’s Seafood can help you meet the seafood requirement! Morey’s provides tasty, responsibly sourced, easy-to-prepare seafood available all across the nation. We make it easy to meet your daily protein intake and your seafood options include Salmon, Tilapia, mahi-mahi and more! Visit our website at or go to year nearest store and pick some up today.