A national health council has released a draft set of dietary guidelines for Australians to follow.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating – issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – aims to provide evidence-based advice to health professionals and the general public.
Now open for public consultation, the guidelines not only look to promote health and wellbeing, but to also reduce the risk of diet-related diseases through a balanced diet.
According to chief executive for the NHMRC, Warwick Anderson, said the guidelines are the result of extensive research, reviews and consultation.
"The complete review process was deliberately long and broad in scope, and I am confident that this has resulted in the Australian Dietary Guidelines being fully supported by the best available evidence," Professor Anderson said.
The report is a timely reminded that while the advice may not necessarily be changing, our habits need to.
Some private health insurance policies may offer access to weight loss and management services as part of their cover.
Key recommendations made by the report echoes the advice experts have being giving for years – Australians need to increase our intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grain cereal foods and milk products.