Criticism over Eatwell Plate amid calls for low-carb approach

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The Eatwell Plate has been slammed in the European Parliament, with the concept of basing diets on starchy foods being branded 'misguided'.

The guideline says meals should include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, with low or reduced–fat cheese and yoghurt and preferably unsaturated oils and spreads.

It was first published in 1983, with the latest version released by Public Health England and officially known as the Eatwell Guide. According to gov.uk, it is a 'policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet'.

But cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, the Queen's former doctor Sir Richard Thompson and nutritionist Sarah Macklin, called for an overhaul of official guidelines, advocating a low–carbohydrate, Mediterranean diet to help prevent type 2 diabetes during the debate about public health in Brussels.

Dr Malhotra said: 'If all UK diabetics were to follow guidelin

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