More Cheese, Less Meat: Foods You Should Be Eating To Stay Healthy

Full-fat dairy and unlimited eggs have been given the green light, but we're being urged rethink the amount of red meat in our diet.

In a huge blow for meat lovers, the Heart Foundation's updated dietary guidelines suggest Australians eat just 350 grams a week of unprocessed beef, lamb, pork and veal.

"That’s around one to three lean red-meat meals a week, like a Sunday roast and a beef stir-fry," Chief Medical Advisor, Professor Garry Jennings said.

“Processed or deli meats should be limited, as they have been consistently linked to a higher risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions," he continued.

People are being urged to switch to plant sources such as beans, lentils and tofu as well as fish and seafood to keep their heart healthy.

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The good news is the ban on full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese for healthy Aussies has been lifted.

There is a catch though: If you already suffer from heart disease or diabetes, the old restrictions stay.

“For people who suffer high cholesterol or heart disease, we recommend unflavoured reduced-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese and eating less than seven eggs per week," Jennings said.

The guidelines around butter, cream, ice-cream and dairy-based desserts haven't been touched in the first shake-up since 2013 -- those types of dairy products are cemented into the not-recommended pile.

Full-cream milk has been given the tick of approval. Photo: Getty

The cap on eggs has also been removed, meaning those of us who are healthy can eat an unlimited amount, while those with existing health problems can increase their intake to seven each week.

Eating the wrong foods is causing significant health risks for thousands of Australians.

Poor diet is the leading contributor to heart disease, accounting for 65.5 percent of the total burden of disease.

Poor diet accounts for 65.5 per cent of the total burden of heart disease. Photo: Getty

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According to the Heart Foundation, if Aussies increased their daily intake of vegetables each day, it would reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by more than 16 percent and save the economy $1.4 billion.

Heart Foundation Director of Prevention, Julie Anne Mitchell, said that too many Australians were getting a third of their total daily energy from nutrient-poor junk foods.

The advice is to be smoke-free, limit alcohol intake, eat more plant-based foods while cutting down on processed sugar, and ensure you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise five days a week.