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eating well what's a healthy diet?

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The Eatwell Guide (March 2016 edition)
Are you Weight Wise?

What's a healthy diet? Healthy eating, dieting and food fads - there are articles in nearly every newspaper and magazine. But often the messages are conflicting or misleading, and it can be hard to know which advice is nutritionally sound and accurate.
That's where the UK's national food guide comes in, known as 'The Eatwell Guide'. Eating well is all about balance and variety, and 'The Eatwell Guide' can help you achieve this. It's made up of five food groups, each group representing a different segment in the plate. The segments vary in size, depending on the proportions needed to make up a healthy diet. Use the Eatwell Plate to help you get the balance right. 

Food chartReproduced by kind permission from
the Food Standards Agency.

  • Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods
    Eat plenty, choose wholegrain varieties when you can
  • Fruit and vegetables
    Eat plenty, at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Milk and dairy foods
    Eat some, choose lower fat alternatives whenever possible.
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
    Eat some, choose lower fat alternatives whenever possible. Aim for at least two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish.
  • Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar
    Keep to a minimum.
  • Try to choose options that are lower in salt when you can. Adults should have no more than 6 grams of salt a day.

For more information on food groups and healthy eating, go to the NHS Choices Healthy Eating website at

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