A healthy diet should include a range of healthy foods to give you the energy you need to work, exercise and enjoy life. It does not mean giving up the foods you love, but it does mean being aware of the recommended intake of some foods. A good balance between exercise and food intake is important to maintain a healthy body weight.
By eating the recommended amounts of food from the five food groups and limiting foods that are high in saturated fats and added sugars, you help reduce your risk of diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and some cancers whilst helping you to maintain a healthy weight.
In general, we should all drink plenty of tap water and eat:
- A wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day
- Plenty of wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit, vegetables and legumes (such as chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans)
- Small amounts of saturated fats
- Low-salt foods, and use salt sparingly
- Small amounts of foods which contain added sugars
- Tools to help you start a meal and exercise plan - LiveLighter Campaign
- Healthy eating tips
- Healthy cooking tips
- Healthy shopping tips
- Eat for health website