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What is the USDA's MyPlate program for diabetics?

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The MyPlate program offers information for individuals, medical professionals, nutritionists and food industry professionals to promote healthier diets, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While it is not tailored to people with diabetes, diabetics can use tools such as the plate icon to make better food decisions.

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The MyPlate logo shows a dining plate divided into four portions: red for fruits, green for vegetables, orange for grains and purple for proteins, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A blue circle for dairy is on the side of the plate, and each portion size represents roughly the amount of food that should go in each group. Vegetables takes up the most space.

The American Diabetes Association offers an alternate suggestion for diabetics to create their plates. It recommends dividing the plate in half, and then cutting one side in half for a total of three sections. Nonstarchy vegetables such as carrots, lettuce and greens go into the largest section. Grains and starchy foods go into one of the remaining two sections. Protein such as skinless chicken or turkey goes into the other section. Diabetics can add a serving of fruit or dairy, or both, if their recommendations allow it. They should drink water, unsweetened tea and other low-calorie drinks.

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