Getting the Balance Right
Healthy eating is all about getting the right balance of the right foods. This means eating a variety of foods, basing meals on starchy foods, eating at least five portions of fruit and veg a day and eating in moderation. Here is a short introduction to the five food groups and how to maintain good health through a balanced diet, as recommended by the UK Department of Health.
Fruit & Veg
Fruit and vegetable intake is one of the best ways of ensuring we have a healthy diet, and may help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease as part of a balanced diet.
Bread, cereals and potatoes
These should also make up a large part of the diet as they provide energy as well as fibre and some vitamins and minerals.
Meat, fish and alternatives
Meat and fish are important for providing us with some vitamins, minerals and protein, but these should make up a smaller part of the diet.
Milk and dairy foods
Dairy contains protein, some vitamins and calcium, which is necessary for strong bones and teeth. These should make up a smaller part of the diet.
Fatty and sugary foods
These should be kept to a minimum in your diet, as they provide calories but few nutrients.