Healthy eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. The Eat Well 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 every day
  • base meals on higher fibre 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, and eat them in small amounts; and drink plenty of fluids.

Fruit and veg consumption is often used as a quick indicator of the number of people who eat a broader healthy diet.

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