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Food Standards Scotland Recommends New Dietary Goals Following Scottish Diet Report Publication

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Food Standards Scotland Recommends New Dietary Goals Following Scottish Diet Report Publication

December 09
14:24 2015

The Food Standards Scotland (FSS) Board agreed today to advise the Scottish Government that the Scottish Dietary Goals should be updated to reflect the recent recommendations from the independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on carbohydrate and health.

Aiming to improve the Scottish diet, the goals provide a benchmark for monitoring dietary progress.

The Situation Report highlights:

  • 65% of the Scottish population are either overweight or obese but 77% of people believe they have a healthy or very healthy diet
  • Around half a million people in Scotland are at a risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • The Scottish diet is too high in calories, fats, sugars and salt, and too low in fibre, fruit and vegetables
  • Little or no progress has been made towards meeting the Scottish Dietary Goals over the last 15 years
  • The need to reduce consumption of foods and drinks which are high in calories and low in nutritional value, including: biscuits; cakes; confectionery; savoury snacks; and sugar sweetened drinks

The proposed revised Scottish dietary goals are:

  • To reduce sugar to 5% of total energy
  • To increase dietary fibre intake to 30g per day
  • To maintain total carbohydrate at 50% of total energy with no more than 5% total energy from sugar

The first of three FSS Board papers to address and recommend necessary changes to the Scottish diet and how it can be improved, the situation report precedes the forthcoming paper to be discussed in January.

Finally, a third paper will be presented on a nutrition strategy framework for Scotland later in 2016.

Ross low cropChair of Food Standards Scotland, Ross Finnie (pictured left), said: ‘The Scottish diet is not improving and the problem of diet-related ill health is now spanning the generations.

‘In addition, there is a disconnect between the scale of the problem and how healthy people believe their diet to be.

‘We all need to recognise there is a problem and everyone including consumers, the food and drink industry, retailers, media and government has a part to play in finding a solution.’

Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, added: ‘I welcome this report which provides evidence of the need for change in an easy-to-understand format, and highlights the dietary challenge Scotland faces before it becomes a healthier nation.’

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