New Eatwell Guide for the UK

Public Health England have released new Eatwell Guidelines for 2016. This Guide replaces the previous Eatwell Plate and there are some distinct differences.

  • The names of the food group segments have been updated to place emphasis on certain food products within a food group that can be considered more environmentally sustainable e.g. the pink segment is named ‘Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins’ to highlight the contribution non-meat sources make to protein intake.
  • The segment sizes of the food groups have been adjusted to reflect current government advice on a healthy balanced diet.
  • The new Eatwell Guide differentiates unsaturated oils (such as vegetable /olive) and lower fat spreads from other foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar. This is because some fat is essential in a healthy balanced diet, but other foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar are not and should be eaten less often and in small amounts.
  • Foods high in fat and/or sugar, which previously featured in the purple section of the Eatwell Plate, have now been placed outside of the main image. Consumer research highlighted that the removal of these products from the main image aided consumer understanding of the role of these foods and drinks in the diet, as products to be consumed infrequently and in small amounts.
  • Keeping hydrated is part of a healthy diet and so the Eatwell Guide reinforces fluid recommendations and the best drinks to choose - water, low fat milk and sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee.
  • An orange border featuring the energy requirements for men and women has been used to reinforce the message that all food and drinks consumed contribute to total energy intake. Consumer research revealed that the inclusion of an energy message provided adults with a useful benchmark for their own consumption.


Posted: 21/03/2016 10:43:26 by Laura Keaver


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