Well, another birthday has come and gone! For MyPlate that is! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since the USDA rocked our world by introducing the new MyPlate icon along with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. At that very moment, we scrapped everything we knew in the MyPyramid; everything that was familiar. Here at NCES, we threw out any products that depicted the ‘dated’ MyPyramid image and began recreating our awesome educational handouts to include the all-new MyPlate. Since then, we’ve added many new products to the line, including the NCES MyPlate Food Model Kit, NCES Right-Sized plates for portion control and much more.
So, even though MyPlate’s actual birthday has come and gone (June 2nd), we’re going to continue celebrating all week! How can you join the celebration? It’s simple! Head on over to Facebook and be sure to like NCES and MyPlate. As many of you know, NCES was among the first to release a brand new line of MyPlate products. You can always count on us to provide you with the most up-to-date information. Our Facebook page is the best way to stay on top of everything health and nutrition! Plus, just because we really want you to join us on Facebook, there’s an exciting savings code waiting for you on our Facebook page! So, be sure to like the page while you’re there so you’re always the first to receive our money-saving offers!
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With the USDA’s new MyPlate, there has been a surge of attention given to the importance of a balanced diet. As demonstrated on the plate, a balanced diet consists of a large amount of fruits and vegetables. The problem is, we get it in our heads that we don’t like certain foods. We remember brussel sprouts from our childhood, and can’t get past that memory of forcing them down so that Mom and Dad would let us have dessert. The truth is that there are a lot more options than just brussel sprouts and beets. We’ve decided to put together a list of the Top 5 Fruits and Vegetables you’ve probably never tried, and the health benefits of each one.
- Paw Paw (fruit) This fruit is easily digestible and aids in the digestion of other foods. It is rich in vitamin A and C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and soluble vegetable fiber. It is enjoyed best when eaten fresh and ripe.
- Persimmons (fruit) This delicate oriental fruit is native to china. It spread to Japan very long ago and later was introduced to California during the middle of the nineteenth century. They are rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are vital for good health.
- Dragon Fruit (fruit) This exotic fruit contains large amounts of Vitamin C. Not only that, the vitamin C in dragon fruit is more easily digested than a vitamin c supplement. It is also said, but not proven, that Dragon Fruit aids in controlling blood sugar levels in those with Type 2 Diabetes (Note: This is not a sufficient medical plan for controlling diabetes)
- Purple Dragon Carrot (vegetable) This unique carrot has a sweet flavor, making it great for salads and for juicing. Carrots help reduce cholesterol, fight infections and stabilize blood sugar. High in nutritional value, but low in calories, carrots play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Sweet Baby Broccoli (vegetable) Broccoli provides a high amount of vitamin C, which aids with iron absorption in the body, and fiber, which enhances the gastrointestinal tract. They can help prevent the development of cataracts, and also ease the symptoms of the common cold. The folic acid in broccoli helps women sustain normal tissue growth and is often used as a supplement when taking birth control pills and during pregnancy. The potassium in broccoli aids those battling high blood pressure, while a large amount of calcium helps combat osteoporosis.
Are you ready to go out and try all these great new fruits and vegetables? Each of them has a unique flavor, as well as all the health benefits mentioned. So, give ‘em all a try. And, be sure to let us know what you think on our Facebook page.