A new guide on what food to eat by Public Health England to help people eat a balanced diet..
A new guide on what food to eat and healthy portion sizes has been produced by Public Health England to help people eat a balanced diet. Eating healthily can be a vital part of self-management for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. By eating healthily and getting regular exercise people can reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
The newly published Eatwell Guide recommends that a healthy diet should now include more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and have fewer sugary foods and drinks. Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily is recommended as part of a balanced diet
The guide also includes revised proportions of the food groups that can help people meet official advice and nutrition recommendations.
The guide replaces the previously available Eatwell Plate and is updated to reflect the latest 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 latest recommendations place greater emphasis on the importance of fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, preferably wholegrain.
Public Health England recommends consuming 30 grams of fibre a day – which is the same as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables, two whole-wheat cereal biscuits, two thick slices of wholemeal bread and one large baked potato with the skin on.