Implications of the Eatwell Guide

Researchers examined the health effects of changing the average diet to meet the new recommendations set out in the new Eatwell Guide launched in the UK in March 2016. The key differences in the new recommendations are a decrease in the recommended free sugar intake and an increase in the recommended fibre intake.

The study found that meeting the recommendations in The Eatwell Guide without increasing energy intake could have a substantial beneficial effect on health. Key findings include:

  • An increase in average life expectancy – 5.4 months in men and 4.0 months in women.
  • Prevention of 17.9 million DALYs (disability adjusted life years)* over the lifetime of the current population.
  • Avoid 444,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in men and 340,000 cases in women over the next 10 years.
  • Prevention of 170,000 new case of coronary heart disease in men and 94,000 in women over the next 10 years.
  • Prevention of cancers including colorectal, breast, lung and stomach cancer would also be large.

For tips on healthy eating take a further look at the Eatwell Guide and the Food Pyramid.

*Disability adjusted life years is a measure of the burden of disease, expressed as the years lost to ill-health, disability or premature death.


Posted: 18/01/2017 08:28:49 by Anne Parle
Filed under: cancer, diabetes, eatwell guide, food, health, heart disease


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