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Healthy eating: WHO has updated the recommendations on the consumption of fats and carbohydrates

The updated World Health Organization guidelines are based on the latest scientific evidence and include recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of unhealthy weight gain and preventing non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.

Regarding fats:

Fats should make up no more than 30% of the total amount of consumed energy sources in an adult's diet.

In the diet of every person from 2 years of age, among fats, unsaturated fatty acids should prevail.

It is recommended to consume no more than 10% of saturated fats (fatty meat, dairy products, solid fats and oils such as butter, lard, palm and coconut oils).

Consume no more than 1% of trans fats both from industrially produced products and from ruminant products (baked and fried products, snacks, meat and dairy products from ruminants).

Regarding carbohydrates:

Adults are recommended to eat at least 400 grams of vegetables and fruits and 25 grams of natural dietary fiber per day.

For children and adolescents, recommendations for the consumption of vegetables and fruits are as follows:

- 2–5 years at least 250 g per day

- 6–9 years at least 350 g per day

- 10 years and older, at least 400 g per day

Recommendations for the consumption of dietary fibers of natural origin for children and adolescents:

-2–5 years at least 15 g per day

-6–9 years at least 21 g per day

- 10 years and older, at least 25 g per day.

The WHO also emphasizes the need to reduce the consumption of free sugar and emphasizes that it is important for health to consume quality carbohydrates. For everyone over the age of two, carbohydrates should mostly come from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes.

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Source: Center for Public Health

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