Crunchfuls supports the new food plate guidelines

Choose my Plate

MyPlate

The USDA issued a new food guide pyramid, called Choose my Plate, which Michelle Obama revealed on June 2, 2011. This new plate model goes along with the health initiative Michelle Obama has been driving. Child Obesity and just obesity in general are sky-rocketing. The obesity epidemic needs to be eradicated. The cardinal reason why people are obese and choose options like supersize and jumbo are because many americans do not know what portion sizes look like. Americans need to be better educated on how to eat nutritiously and follow a healthy lifestyle. Knowing what portion sizes are for the different food groups is a very simple and easy step to getting back on track to a healthier you.

The USDA has made recommendations to balance calories, by not eating too much of any particular food group, and not overeating. Vegetables are a big portion of the plate. Half of your food intake should come from fruits and vegetables, and at least half of your grains should come from whole grains opposed to refined grains. Switching to nonfat or low fat milk should also be a priority.

Fruits and vegetables should be a large part of your diet. The amount that should be ingested depends on your age and sex. An average of 2 ½ cups each of fruits and vegetables should be eaten per day. Eating high amounts of fruits and vegetables helps in reducing the risk of getting heart disease, stroke, heart attack, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating fruits and vegetables also reduces blood pressure and prevents kidney stones from forming, and helps decrease bone loss. Vegetables are also nutrient filled.

Grains and protein make up the other half of the plate. The amount of grains and protein that should be ingested differs based on age and sex. At least half of your grains should come from whole grains. Eating whole grains can help with weight management, can prevent heart disease, and whole grains also containing fiber can prevent constipation. Protein serves as the building blocks for bones, muscles, skin, cartilage, and blood. Protein is very important for providing energy to the body. Many vitamins and minerals found in proteins are beneficial for the body, and are necessary for growth and well- being.

Dairy is off of the plate, but is still necessary in small amounts. Whenever drinking milk make sure it is either non- fat or low- fat. When eating cheese, chose cheeses like cheddar and Swiss. If you feel a craving for something sweet, instead of ice cream, choose frozen yogurt. These changes can really make a difference.

So now you ask where does Crunchfuls fit into all of this? Well Crunchfuls products contain pulses which are beans and lentils. Crunchfuls comes from vegetables! Beans and lentils are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, and many more nutrients.  Every 1 cup of Crunchfuls cereal contains 1 whole serving of vegetables! That is almost ½ of your needed servings per day! You can eat a sweet and yummy breakfast, while getting 1 whole serving of vegetables with every cup. Crunchfuls also contains a great deal of protein in every bite. How many cereals can give you vegetables and protein? Just one! Crunchfuls is unique, and one of a kind. Eating it really supports the USDA’s and Michelle Obama’s Get Moving initiative.

For further information on the new food plate guidelines: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

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