Nutritional Awareness Day, 20th April 2016

Nutritional Awareness Day, 20th April 2016

Deciphering the information on food labels can help you make healthier choices. The Nutritional Awareness Campaign provided information on food labels, and on how to compare products based on fats, sugar and salt.

Susan Edwards and Julie Parker, Diabetes Nurse Specialists, were present; highlighting the role of ‘diabetic foods’. Labelling foods as ‘diabetic’ implies a healthier food option which can be misleading. Diabetic foods are often higher in fat and calories, so it is important to check the food labels. Healthy-eating advice is the same for people with diabetes as it is for those without; aim for a low fat healthy balanced diet.

The eatwell plate published by the Public Heath England (PHE) was presented as a guide recommended for all, regardless of ethnic origin or dietary requirements (for example vegetarian or gluten-free diets). It is a useful tool for guiding food choices; advising to eat more fruit and vegetables, and choose wholegrain carbohydrates where possible.