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Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Food groups in your diet

The Eatwell Guide shows that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to: 

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day (see 5 A Day)
  • base meals on starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads, eaten in small amounts
  • drink plenty of fluids 

If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts. 

Try to choose a variety of different foods from the 5 main food groups. 

Most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre

Read more about understanding calories and cutting down on calories

The Eatwell Guide does not apply to children under the age of two years old because they have different nutritional needs. 

Between the ages of 2 and 5, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family in the proportions shown in the Eatwell Guide. 

To find out more: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/

Last Updated: Tuesday 28th June 2022 - 8:51:am

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