Terms of Reference:


The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is requested by the Food Standards Agency and Department of Health to provide clarification of the relationship between dietary carbohydrate and health and make public health recommendations. To achieve this they need to review:

  • The evidence for a role of dietary carbohydrate in colorectal health in adults (including colorectal cancer, IBS, constipation) and in infancy and childhood.
  • The evidence on dietary carbohydrate and cardio-metabolic health (including cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, glycaemic response and obesity).
  • The evidence in respect to dietary carbohydrates and oral health.
  • The terminology, classification and definitions of types of carbohydrates in the diet.

Grading system:


A copy of the grading system for judging the evidence in the carbohydrates and health review is available for download here: download attachment



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