Published: 26 June 2014 at 16:16
Anglia Ruskin Public Health expert works on study into health effects of carbohydrates
A new report issued today recommends that increasing fibre intake will help to tackle type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition at Public Health England set out their recommendations, which include increasing the amount of daily fibre from 25g to 30g and limiting the amount of added sugars to only 5% of a person’s daily energy intake.
The level of recommended fibre intake is the point where the protective effects of fibre start to level off, rather than the point where they decrease.
An individual receives 30g of fibre from 12 slices of wholemeal bread (or 23 slices of white bread). Equally, white spaghetti contains less than half the fibre of wholemeal spaghetti, so there is a clear advantage of choosing wholemeal and wholegrain foods over more refined food.
Dr Marie-Ann Ha of Anglia Ruskin University was on secondment to the secretariat for the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition at Public Health England, working solely on the report on the health effects of carbohydrates.
Dr Ha, Senior Lecturer in Primary & Public Health at Anglia Ruskin, said:
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s draft report Carbohydrates and Health is now undergoing a nine-week public consultation.