Food: Healthy Diets

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson in the Lords (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Cap Reform), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to promote further the regular consumption of foodstuffs containing wholegrain, antioxidants and folic acid.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government promote a healthy balanced diet consisting of plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods, preferably wholegrains, and some protein rich foods such as milk and dairy foods, meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses. This diet includes foods containing wholegrains, antioxidants and folate and provides all the nutrients that most people need.

In addition, folate-rich foods and folic acid supplements are promoted to women of childbearing age, who are advised to take a supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid before pregnancy and until the 12th week of pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn.

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