The latest US government guidelines, published in 2011, replaced the pyramid with a plate representing the proportion of the main food groups that should be included in main meals. This resource has been adapted and used by many other institutions, such as the Harvard School of Public Health, the Canadian Department of Health, and the Basque Department of Health in Spain. The plate has been used to complement the pyramid in some countries like Finland and Switzerland and in regions such as Catalonia. Some advantages attributed to the plate are better applicability of the message to the main meals and the fact that it does not include unhealthy foods. Conversely, the pyramid conveys what proportion of every food group should be included globally.
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