The latest list of 100 foods to be included in a new nutrition guide for Australian consumers has included the fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
The Government says the list aims to highlight the many benefits of eating a varied diet and the health benefits of consuming fresh, fresh food.
But consumer groups have slammed the list for being too simple and too vague.
They say it is a recipe for health problems and that people should be allowed to choose their own fruit, vegetable and grain based on their individual dietary needs.
“There are a lot of people out there that are going to want to eat something that’s very low in calories and high in fibre, but that’s not the list we’re looking at,” said Paul Keogh from the Australian Beverage Association.
“They should be asking for things like vitamin D3 and iron, things like that.”
The list of foods to make it on is based on research from a panel of academics and nutritionists.
“It’s really about giving people the information they need to make informed choices about their diets,” Dr Keogh said.
“You don’t want to have an omnivorous diet, but you do want to be eating a healthy diet.”
The information that they’re giving us is a lot better than we were given before.
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