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Reported from the ABC News website:
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The dietary guidelines outlining what foods Australians should be eating have been updated for the first time in eight years.
New draft advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council gives more detail about what kinds of food help reduce chronic diseases.
The council says the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes shows Australians need to re-assess their diets.
The draft also outlines the dietary needs of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and babies from as young as seven months old for the first time.
Review committee chairwoman Doctor Amanda Lee says the new advice is based on a comprehensive review of the latest scientific evidence.
"What we have now is greater differentiation between different types of food; for example for the vegetable group we now know that we need to eat a variety of different types and colours to decrease our risk of various kinds of cancer," she said.
"[Also] there's stronger evidence supporting the benefits of fruit, particularly for cardiovascular disease."
Dr Lee says the review confirms the basic dietary patterns of the previous guidelines.
"For some foods the evidence has strengthened, for example, there's increasing evidence that consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with increased risk of weight gain," she said.
"There's good evidence now that consumption of milk is associated with decreased risk of heart disease in some cases.
"There's really good evidence now about the association of whole grain products and decreased risk of heart disease, excessive weight gain and also decreased risk of type-2 diabetes."
For the first time, the guidelines recommend what children should eat from the age of seven months to two years.
Dr Lee says by the time children go to pre-school in Australia, 20 per cent of them are already overweight or obese.
The guidelines may have not changed too much, but Dr Lee says the latest data shows people are still not listening to the advice.
"We need to eat double the amount of vegetables and fruits, double the amount of wholegrain cereals, much more milk, yoghurt and low-fat cheese, and increasing our lean poultry and fish," she said.
"We're all going to get fatter unless we think very seriously about the foods we need to eat less of."
Dr Lee says too many Australians underestimate just how much exercise they need to do to work off junk food.
Nutritionist Nicole Senior, who was not involved in the review, says she is pleased the new guidelines distinguish between good fats, like oils and nuts, and bad fats, like those in sausages and fast food.
"We're now encouraged to include small amounts of food that contain unsaturated fats. Because we do need to eat those foods and I think they've been sort of tarnished a bit," she said.
The head of the nutrition department at La Trobe University, Catherine Itsiopoulos, says the new guidelines are not biased to any particular type of food.
"They cover a range of cultural eating patterns as well," she said.
"Equally all key sources of dairy foods are represented, including non-dairy sources of calcium, like soy products."
Professor Itsiopoulos says the next step is to devise easily accessible eating plans and recipes so people can put these guidelines into practice.
What does everyone think?
If you would like to provide feedback on the draft Australian Dietary Guidelines they have opened it up for "public consultation" here http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/
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