The new Australian dietary guidelines were released this week to reflect the latest and most up to date evidence on food and nutrition! Many dietitians were looking forward to see how these new guidelines would impact on our recommendations.
One change that many of us dietitians saw coming was the reduction in the number of recommended servings of ‘grains’ per day.
The new guidelines now recommend:
- women and men 19-50yrs old – 6 serves per day
- women 51-70yrs – 4 serves per day
- women 70+ yrs – 3 serves per day
- men 51yrs-70yrs- 6 serves per day
- men 70+ yrs – 4 1/2 serves per day
instead of the previous recommendations which could recommend up to 9-12 serves per day for women and men respectively.
The new guidelines also list a serve size of grains (=500kj/serve):
- 1 slice of bread
- 1/2 cup of cooked pasta, rice, noodles, quinoa, barley, cous cous etc
- 1/2 cup cooked porridge, 2/3 cup wheat cereal flakes, 1/4 cup of muesli
- 3 crispbreads
- 1 crumpet or small english muffin
- 1/4 cup of flour
If you would like to learn more about leading a balanced healthy diet please contact us and speak to one of our dietitians.