Adapted from BMJ 27 Jan 2018 from a study reported in PLOS Med
The UK Food Standards Agency uses a scoring system of their own devising to determine whether a food is “healthy” or not. Fruit, vegetables, fibre and protein get top marks and saturated fat, sugar and salt get a fail.
When 25 thousand participants in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer study completed a seven day food diary at the start of the study, and their food choices were marked on perceived health benefits, there was no difference in the incidence of cardiovascular disease over the next 16 years.
Time to lay the Eatwell Plate advice in the bin?