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Balanced Diet

- Rachael McCarthy

The Food Pyramid and The Eatwell Guide

Eating well is important for all of us. In the short-term, it can help us to feel good, look our best and stay at a healthy weight. In the long-term, a healthy, balanced diet can reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

But what exactly is a healthy, balanced diet?
To eat a balanced diet you need to combine several different types of foods - from each of the main food groups - in the right amounts so your body gets all the nutrients it needs while maintaining a healthy weight.

This means you should eat:

  • Plenty of bread, rice potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods
  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Some milk, cheese and yoghurt
  • Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • Very small amounts of fats and oils and
  • A very small amount or no foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt.