Messages simple and effective, designed not to repel the French the most intractable to nutritional counseling: Public Health France introduced Tuesday new recommendations on diet, physical activity and inactivity
More than by their content, these prescriptions are distinguishable by their form, intended to reach as wide an audience as possible. “We wanted to give broad guidance rather than a quantified target that can block those who have little interest in the question of nutrition,” explained Anne-Juliette Serry, in charge of this dossier to the agency. “The formulations deductions, perceived as less binding by the general public, should encourage a gradual change to match the rhythm of each one. “Of whole starchy foods, legumes, and a handful of fruit to coqueLes concepts put forward by public Health, France have been tested with several samples of the population aged 18 to 64 years of age, as well as professionals of health and social. The recommendations are classified into three major types of action: “increase” (taken from fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, as well as the home-made and physical activity), “reduce” (the meat, the salty, the sweet, the meat, the alcohol and the time spent sitting) and the “go to” (in other words, to choose between two products emphasize organic, whole starchy foods, canola oil, and nuts, etc). Fotolia The messages, developed from the evidence base published in 2017 by the national Agency of sanitary security (Anses), have come to replace the previous dating back to 2001.
If the slogan, “Eat five fruits and vegetables per day” is still relevant, the consumption of foods rich in fibre is now strongly encouraged.
Dried vegetables (chickpeas, lentils, dry beans at least twice a week) and whole starchy foods (one serving per day) make their appearance in the recommendations. It is also recommended to eat a small handful daily nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and unsalted pistachios), for their contribution in omega-3.
Only 15% of the French eat it now.
” READ ALSO – Better to eat less meat and more legumes, The Agency also invites adults to limit to 500 grams their weekly consumption of meat and 150 g of sausage (a threshold well in excess of the amounts advanced last week with a view to both environmental and health issue of the Lancet ). “It may well happen to eat every day”, however, specifies Anne-Juliette Serry. Other recommendations: two dairy products per day, and fish twice a week, with a fat, by varying the species for limiting exposure to pollutants.
Seasonal vegetables, local products, and “if possible” organic foods are preferred. And the food the best rated by the Nutri-Score, the labelling of five colors – from green to red – put in place by 2017 to make it more readable the nutritional information of food. A hundred brands have this day affixed this logo optional on their products. These nutritional tips are added to the prescription of physical activity “dynamic” at the rate of 30 minutes per day and the reduction of time spent sitting. “Take the time to walk a little bit every two hours,” says the document.
All of these messages will be at the heart of a communications campaign launched this year. The recommendations for children, pregnant women and the elderly will come later.