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20th March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
A New 'Eatwell Guide'
Earlier this week, the Public Health England (PHE) launched the new Eatwell Guide to a healthy diet, which should now include more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and have fewer sugary foods and drinks.

The guide replaces the Eatwell plate and has been refreshed to reflect updated dietary recommendations, including those on sugar, fiber and starchy carbohydrates from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on Carbohydrates and Health in 2015.

The new Eatwell Guide emphasizes on fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, preferably wholegrain. Sugary soft drinks have been removed from the image and foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar have been moved to the periphery of the guide, reflecting advice that they are not an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet.

Adults should have less than 6 grams of salt and 20 grams of saturated fat for women or 30 grams for men a day. The consumption of sugar, for example from sugary drinks and confectionery should be limited.

The Eatwell Guide now displays drinks recommendations which make clear that adults should be aiming to have 6 to 8 glasses of fluids per day ideally from water, lower fat milks and unsweetened tea or coffee.

Eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day

  • Basing meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain
  • Having some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options
  • Eating some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
  • Choosing unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts
  • Drinking 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day
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