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Supporting adherence to the UK’s Eatwell Guide in the general public

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The guide recommends high fibre and wholegrain The guide recommends high fibre and wholegrain choices, and the consumption of more beans and pulses

This article looks at compliance with healthy eating guidelines and what difference could be made to chronic disease if there were population adherence to the UK’s Eatwell Guide.

Food-based Guidelines

Food based guidelines exist to prevent chronic disease, promote health and help the public make good food choices.1 The Eatwell Guide is in use across the UK.2

The first UK food model was produced in 1994 and was called ‘The Balance of Good Health’, this was followed in 2007 by the Eatwell Plate. In 2015 the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published the report on Carbohydrates and Health, revising dietary recommendations for fibre and sugars.3 SACN advised the government to limit the recommended average intake of free sugars to no more than 5% of total energy intake (from 11%) and increase the average fibre intake to 30gm per day (from 23.5gm per day).3

This led to the revision of the Eatwell Plate and the formation of the Eatwell Guide.2

Both the Eatwell Plate and Eatwell guide are based on achieving the recommended dietary intake of carbohydrates, free sugars, fat, saturated fat, protein, salt, fibre, fruits and vegetables, fish, and red and processed meat.4

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Nurses and health care professionals have been recommending it since the day it was developed. Nearly every nurses room will have a poster of the eat well plate stuck somewhere it’s ingrained in a nurses brain! But the reason why patients are not following it is because it doesn’t work! The eat well plate was developed by the same people who produce the foods that are stated as barriers to the eat well plate in this article. Such as Coca-Cola, nestle etc etc...It’s a conflict of interest and until that stops nothing will change.
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