Consumers 'confused about diet'

Many Britons are unaware how to follow a healthy, balanced diet, the official food watchdog has said.

A survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests widespread ignorance about how much starchy food like rice, bread and pasta should be eaten. And there is confusion over what can contribute towards the target "five a day" intake of fruit and vegetables.

Conflicting messages from different weight-loss diets could be responsible for the misconceptions, says the FSA.

Only 11% of people correctly said it was important to eat lots of starchy foods, the survey of 2,094 people found. The FSA has re-designed the image it uses to show what makes up a healthy diet - the newly-designed "eatwell plate" uses photos of different foods and renames some food groups.

Source - BBC

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