Monday 22 May 2017

Go easy on the spuds as diet rules get an upgrade

The humble spud
The humble spud
Editorial

Editorial

The spud. Part of the fabric of the nation. Our staple food for generations. An intrinsic part of our country's history. But will it play such an intrinsic part of our future? Not if the health experts have anything to do with it.

A food pyramid is a pyramid-shaped diagram showing the appropriate number of servings to be eaten every day from each of the basic food groups. So the pyramid tells you the correct amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to get daily to stay healthy.

Obviously, what is viewed as the best dietary advice changes over time. Now the food pyramid is set for a major overhaul. Carbohydrates including bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and cereals will be overtaken for the first time by fruit and vegetables as the recommended biggest staple.

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