In 2010, Public Health England introduced the EatWell Guide that focuses on dietary recommendations for the overall health of the people.
The guidelines highlighted the need to include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and starch everyday.
- Fruits and Vegetables - 33%
- Starchy foods like bread, pasta - 33%
- Milk and Dairy products - 15%
- Poultry, Meat and Seafood - 12%
- Fatty and sugary foods - 8%
But now the EatWell plan has been modified to the current scenario to promote healthy eating by making healthier food choices.
‘New EatWell guidelines of UK government advises on reducing the intake of high fat and sugary foods, dairy products, red meat, processed meats and saturated fats.’
- Fruits and Vegetables - 39%
- Oils and Spreads - 1%
- Foods high in Fat and Sugar - 3%
- Proteins (Beans, fish, meat, eggs) - 12%
- Dairy - 8%
The current guidelines stresses on,
- Consuming five portions of fruits and vegetables everyday
- Replacing the main source of carbohydrates with whole grain bread, pasta and cereals
- Taking 30g of fiber everyday
- Choosing low fat dairy products and less sugar containing foods
- Increasing oily fish intake and reducing consumption of red meat and processed meats
- Choosing unsaturated oils and using fats in small amounts
- Drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily
- Restricting consumption of salt to six grams per day
- Men should consume only 30g of saturated fat while women must consume only 20g