Adapting Nutrition Guidelines to Latine Cultural Foods


The Plate (“MyPlate”) is one of the most popular tools for nutrition education used by dietitians and public health organizations, but is the Plate leaving your patients from other cultures behind? In this session we will explore the cultural acceptability of the plate method, especially as it pertains to Latine audiences. This will include commentary on the role of whole grains and dairy products in the Plate method versus in Latine diets, as well as how cultural differences in preparing vegetables and plating and serving meals may be impacting your clients’ perception of the plate method. Information presented will include comparison between the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Latine dietary patterns, research on lactose tolerance in Latine populations, and an exploration of traditional Latine cooking techniques. Finally, advice on how to communicate and present the Plate method to adapt to differing cultural needs will be discussed.

This webinar will be presented live on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 1 pm.

Performance Indicators

  • 1.7.5 Applies knowledge of cultural foods, religious traditions, eating patterns and food and nutrition trends.
  • 1.7.4 Implements strategies and creates culturally sensitive and diverse resources to support diverse populations.
  • 1.7.3 Develops awareness of one's own personal beliefs and values to inform and reduce biases.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 3 ways the standard plate method may not apply to cultural foods such as heritage Latine foods.
  2. Describe the role of dairy and whole grains in heritage Latine diets, as well as identify additional culturally acceptable sources of the nutrients found in dairy products and whole grains.
  3. Alter standard nutrition recommendations to accommodate different cultural food patterns.


Krista Linares, MPH, RDN

Krista Linares is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Latine food culture and history. Krista is passionate about demonstrating how nourishing Latine foods are, and advocating for Latine culture. The mission of her company, Nutrition con Sabor, is to see Latines better represented in the health and wellness world, and promote health equity for the community. Her work includes educating healthcare professionals to communicate nutrition to be inclusive of Latine food culture, as well as writing for publications such as Healthline and Krista also owns a private practice specializing in polycystic ovarian syndrome. Krista holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Disclosure: Hass Avocado Board sponsorship April - December 2021