Over-the-range microwave ovens from GE Appliances are now being equipped with a MyPlate button, allowing users to easily cook foods found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recommended dietary guidelines.
MyPlate, the federal government’s new food icon, was introduced in June 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. It is designed to help consumers make healthier food choices by. It is intended to help prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do so. Healthy eating information is provided at the new web site, www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
The MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups.
GE's MyPlate function, available starting in September 2011, helps the user select a preset for cooking specific vegetables, such as fresh asparagus, frozen green beans, or other options in each USDA MyPlate category: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
"A little organization goes a long way when planning healthy meals,” said Melissa Halas-Liang, registered dietitian and child nutrition expert. “Stocking up on healthy food staples, like whole grains, beans and nuts, and buying fresh produce are two easy steps to make healthy meal planning easier.”
"Our goal with the MyPlate feature is to give consumers an easy way to choose and tastefully cook foods that are healthier for them, using graphics and instructions that are easy to understand," said Susan Gregory, product manager for GE microwaves. "Providing quality cooked food for a wide range of items is a huge part of the MyPlate feature."
"The new USDA guidelines encourage cooking more at home, exercising regularly to balance calories, avoiding oversized portions, increasing fruits and vegetables and whole grains, switching to low-fat dairy products, choosing heart-healthy fats, reducing sodium, and replacing sugary drinks with water," said Halas-Liang. "Eat more colorful whole foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. Eating a variety of foods across the color spectrum is a great way to add healthy foods to your diet all while following the new guidelines."
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