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Our communications campaign is based on the 5 food groups shown in the eatwell plate, a pictorial food guide produced by the Food Standards Agency, showing how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
Why is balance important?
- No single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy and function efficiently.
- Choosing a variety of foods from the main four groups every day (bread, rice, potatoes and starch foods; fruit and vegetables; milk and dairy foods; meat, fish and other sources of protein) will provide the body with the wide range of nutrients it needs.
- Foods in the fifth group - high in fats and sugar - are not essential to a healthy diet and should be eaten in just small amounts.
The two keys to a healthy diet are eating the right amount of food for how active you are and eating a range of foods to make sure you're getting a balanced diet.
Here are 8 practical tips to help you make healthier food choices:
- Base your meals on starchy foods
- Eat lots of fruit and veg
- Eat more fish
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day
- Get active and try to be a healthy weight
- Drink plenty of water
- Don't skip breakfast
Page Last Updated: 6 January 2011