The EatWell Guide
The origin of the ‘EatWell Plate’
The EatWell plate was launched on 16th sept 2017, with the objective to be a visual tool for the general public and health care professionals to utilise by illustrating the types and proportions of foods that make up a balanced diet. – It was an update of the previous balance of good health model (DoH 1994)
The EatWell Guide is a policy tool used to define national government recommendations and illustrated a healthy balanced diet (www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-EatWell-guide). Issued on 17th March 2016
- Knife & fork : removed
- Images : drawn
- Segment titles have been renamed
- High sugar / fat / salt foods: removed and now situated outside the plate
- Purple section : emphasis on unsaturated fatty acids (clarifying the difference between saturated ‘bad’ fats and unsaturated ‘good’ fats)
- Hydration message : encouraging 6-8 cups per day and highlighting to need to limit fruit juice/ smoothies to 150ml/d
- Food labels : traffic lights, a practical way of making food shopping easier and empowering the comsumer to make healthy informed choices.
- Promotion of fibre intake: as recommendations have increased to 30g/d
The Guide is not intended to be a sole source of information, it is intended to be a starting stool for those with the knowledge and skills to educate the general public further, tailoring the Guide to individuals needs, requirements and preferences.