The New Eatwell Guide
In March Public Health England has published the new Eatwell Guide. This is replacing the outdated model of the Eatwell Plate.
This is the new UK healthy eating model. It is designed to help us to achieve a balance of healthier and more sustainable food. It shows the proportions of the food groups and how much of each we should be eating every day. It breaks down approximately to 37% starchy carbs, 39% fruit & veg, oils 1%, pulses, beans and meat 12%, dairy 8% and ‘occasional foods’ 3%.
- We should still be aiming to eat at least 5 portions of fruit & veg everyday
- base our meals on rice, bread, potatoes, pasta and other starchy carbs, mainly wholemeal and higher fibre
- have some dairy or dairy alternatives (soya drinks for example); but choose lower fat and lower sugar versions
- eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (for example tofu), including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily
- use unsaturated oils and spreads and only eat in small amounts
- drink 6-8 glasses of fluids every day, water is best or choose lower sugar options
- if foods high in fat/sugar/salt are part of the diet they should be consumed less often and in small amounts
Hopefully this will be helping people to get a better understanding of what a healthy balanced diet looks like. Plus there is some information on food labelling to encourage us to choose foods lower in fat, salt and sugars when we’re at the supermarket.
I like the new ‘design’ and think the message is much clearer than before. Plus the extra information on nutrition and food labels is handy and helpful.
Hopefully this guide will be promoted a lot and lots of people will get on board!
Have a lovely weekend!