healthy eating

Healthy Eating

healthy eatingI am marking the Healthy Eating module for Dumfries & Galloway College. The students send me their work and on the previous course (now updated) some make reference to The Eatwell Plate.

However I have a real issue with a small but significant item on the nhs’s Eatwell Plate!

Any organisation that can add food and drinks high in fat and/or sugar as part of the Eatwell message is definitely, in my view, delivering the wrong message. Is that not literally endorsing ‘junk food’?

We, in the UK, have an Obesity and Diabetes epidemic on our hands and at the same time endorse food high in fat and sugar as part of eating well……………?

In America the Eatwell plate gets my thumbs up. In Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics there is no sign of foods high in fat and/or sugar. They suggest half the plate being taken up by veggies and fruit and have lots of wonderful ideas.

Now we know that most of us will probably all have some foods that are high in fat and/or sugar sometimes e.g. chocolate, ice cream and biscuits but these are ‘treats’ and not health promoting foods and need to be viewed as such.

As sugar is addictive it’s just too easy to end up eating too much of it………..

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