Eatwell Guide recommends people to stay away from foods causing obesity and heart diseases by proposing portions and food options.

The Public Health England (PHE) launched the new Eatwell Guide on March 17. The Eatwell Guide has replaced the Eatwell Plate – previously considered the standard for healthy eating. The new guide features many distinctive changes from the plate, to further enhance a healthy diet, by eliminating risks of obesity and heart diseases.

It basically tells us to eat more fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates with certain portions and available options. At the same time it forbids consuming large portions of sugary foods and drinks.

The revised sizes of recommended food groups have been explained in the guide. Official advice and nutrient requirements of dieticians is also covered by the guide. The guide offers a refreshed look of the Eatwell Plate. The refreshed look has been launched to update dietary recommendations about portions of sugar, fibre and carbohydrates.

The new recommendations are based on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on Carbohydrates and Health published in 2015.

The 5 A Day logo by the British government has also been refreshed. The new logo represents consumption of all five recommended portions of composite foods shown in the guide, every day.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE says, “On the whole, cutting back on foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories would improve our diets, helping to reduce obesity and the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and some cancers.”

Eatwell Guide: Cutback On Sugar, Salt And Fat

The most important change in the guide is the removal of sugar-filled soft drinks. The most distinct change is the repositioning of foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Such foods have been moved to the margin of the guide. The shift in positon points out such food is not essential for a healthy diet.

Even the consumption of sugar has been limited. It is believed adults consume twice and children thrice the amount of sugar than advised. People over 11 should only eat less than 30 grams of sugar. It roughly equals 7 cubes of sugar per day.

The guide further states adults should only consume 6 grams of salt. Similarly about 20 grams of saturated fat have been recommended for women. For men the recommended amount is 30 grams per day.

Eatwell Guide: Daily Fibre Recommendations

The Eatwell Guide has highlighted the daily recommendations of fibre. Usually people only consume 19 grams of fibre every day. But the new guide tells us to consume about 30 grams of fibre per day. Usually we only consume 2/3 of daily recommended fibre content. Some food portions which equal 30 grams of fibre are:

  • 5 servings of fruit and vegetables
  • 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits
  • 2 full slices of whole-wheat bread
  • 1 large baked potato with skin

Fluid Recommendations

The guide specifies how much of fluid and the types of fluids should be consumed daily. The guide shows 6 to 8 glasses of water daily are preferable. The guide has also limited the amount of fruit juices and smoothies. The control acknowledges the high sugar content of smoothies and fruits juices. Only 1 glass equal to 150ml serving of fruit juice is advised, which equals to 1 portion of fruit or vegetables per day. Milk with low fat content and tea or coffee without sweeteners has been approved.

Eatwell Guide Vs Eatwell Plate

The Eatwell Guide differs from the Eatwell Plate in a big way. While some features have been retained, some are completely new additions. For the very first time a guide by the British government emphasised the importance of staying hydrated in the Eatwell Guide. As a plus point the guide mentioned the right types and amounts of fluids.

The orange border of the guide also shows the total energy requirements for both men and women in the lower right corner. The upper left corner of the guide features a pack of nutrition label. The labels offer guidance on nutritional contents while shopping for foods lower in fat, salt and sugars.

Most importantly the knife and fork from the Eatwell Plate has been removed from the guide. According to the PHE, research concluded the knife and fork were longer appealing to the general public. The knife and fork also led to confusion while figuring out daily food recommendations from the plate.

Food segments have been updated with more details on the types of food. For instance, the pink segment represented the portion of proteins. Now the food guide particularly names the recommended foods such as beans, fish, egg meat etc. Similarly the segments have also been resized according to the new recommendations.