It is important for manufacturers to be mindful of the dietary status of the population, and understand the science behind recommendations.
According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and Family Food Survey most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much saturated fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre. See UK Dietary Recommendations.
When updating dietary guidelines, Government and policy makers rely on advice from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), a panel of independent scientific experts. Notable reports from SACN include those on Saturated Fat, and Carbohydrates, Vitamin D and Folic Acid.
Updates & milestones
Vitamin D and COVID-19Update
On 17 December, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition published guidance on vitamin D and COVID-19.
The guidance re-emphasises advise from the UK Government regarding vitamin D supplementation to maintain bone and muscle health between October and March, as people do not make enough vitamin D from sunlight in these months.
It states that vitamin D supplements should not be offered to people solely to prevent or treat COVID-19, except as part of a clinical trial.
For further details please see the full report here.
FDF Diet and Health AwardUpdate
5 a day guidance
It's recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced.
The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume – and in
what proportions – to have a healthy, balanced diet.
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