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The New American Plate

How it Works: Proportion and Portion Size

How does the New American Plate work? It's simple. Look at your plate. Think about the proportion of food on it and about the portion sizes you've been eating.

Proportion

Aim for meals made up of 2/3 (or more) vegetables, fruits whole grains or beans and 1/3 (or less) animal protein. AICR brochures and other materials guide you through a transition from a traditional plate to new and exciting patterns for eating.

Gradually transition from the old American plate...

Old American Plate, 2/3 meat

to a better plate...

Better Plate, 1/2 meat

to the New American Plate

New American Plate, 1/3 meat

Portion Size

Portion sizes in America have gradually grown too large. USDA's standard serving sizes help you assess the portions you eat. The online Serving Size Finder can help you identify standard servings. Then ask yourself how many standard servings go into the portion you regularly eat?

If you are overweight, consider gradually reducing that number. Controlling portion size at home and in restaurants makes a long-lasting difference in controlling your weight.

New American Plate: 1/3rd or less animal protein, 2/3rds fruit, vegitables, whole grains, beans
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