Table 2

The mean intake of nutrients and fruit and vegetable portions in the UK population, and results for the ‘Eatwell Guide’ and ‘old recommendations’ scenarios

Current mean intake*Old recommendationsEatwell Guide
Total energy, kcal/day171117111711
Protein, g/day (% energy)73 (17%)66 (16%)66 (16%)
Carbohydrate, g/day (% energy)213 (47%)244 (54%)264 (58%)
Free sugars, g/day (% energy)50 (11%)50 (11%)23 (5%)
Total sugars, g/day (% energy)89 (20%)94 (21%)81 (18%)
Fat, g/d (% energy)69 (36%)59 (31%)51 (27%)
Saturated fatty acids, g/day (% energy)25 (13%)19 (10%)15 (8%)
AOAC fibre, g/day182430
Sodium, mg/day226622252070
Calcium, mg/day (% RNI)800 (114%)771 (110%)794 (113%)
cis-n-3 fatty acids, g (% DRV)1.9 (17%)2.2 (19%)2.7 (24%)
Iron, mg (% RNI)10 (99%)11 (111%)13 (126%)
Folate, µg (% RNI)244 (122%)272 (136%)329 (165%)
Iodine, µg (% RNI)148 (106%)146 (105%)147 (105%)
Potassium, mg (% RNI)2664 (76%)2877 (82%)3411 (97%)
Riboflavin, mg (% RNI)1.5 (124%)1.4 (118%)1.4 (120%)
Thiamin, mg (% RNI)1.4 (161%)1.5 (174%)1.8 (203%)
Vitamin A (retinol equivalents), µg (% RNI)1044 (161%)966 (149%)1211 (186%)
Vitamin B12, mg/day (% RNI)5.4 (362%)4.7 (313%)5.4 (363%)
Vitamin B6, mg (% RNI)2.1 (137%)2.0 (136%)2.4 (161%)
Vitamin C, mg (% RNI)84 (209%)93 (233%)117 (292%)
Vitamin D, µg (% RNI)2.9 (29%)3.2 (32%)4.2 (42%)
Vitamin E, mg (% EAR)8.8 (126%)9.3 (133%)9.6 (137%)
Zinc, mg/day (% RNI)8.6 (104%)7.5 (91%)7.7 (93%)
Fruit and vegetables, portions/day4.25.06.9
  • *Weighted average for all adults (>18 years) in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008–2011.

  • AER, average estimated requirement. All DRVs, RNIs and AERs are averages for adult population groups; DRV, daily recommended value; RNI, recommended nutrient intake.