New Eatwell Guide Launched

On 17 March Public Health England (PHE) launched the new Eatwell Guide to show the proportions in which different types of foods are needed to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. The proportions shown on the model below are representative of consumption over the period of a day, or a week and not necessarily each meal.

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

The new Eatwell Guide promotes 7 key messages:
•Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
•Base meals on potato, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates, choosing wholegrain versions where possible
•Include some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing low fat and low sugar options
•Eat some beans, pulses, fish or meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily
•Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat small amount
•Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day
•If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar have these less often and in small amounts

For more information on rationale for the changes and the new guide visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

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