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Healthy eating

This section is designed for consumers who want to find out more about healthy eating. With so much conflicting information out there, it is easy to become confused about healthy eating. In this section we will take a look at what a healthy diet is and give you some tips about how you can put this into practice.

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A healthy, varied diet

What is a healthy diet? Apart from breastmilk as a food for babies, no single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy...

Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods

Most of us should eat more foods from this group! Starchy foods are an important source of energy in our diet. Although it's often suggested...

Fruit and vegetables

Most of us should eat more foods from this group! These should make up approximately one third of your total daily food intake. Try to...

Meat, fish, eggs, beans and non-dairy protein sources

Eat moderate amounts!   Aim for 140 g of cooked oily fish and 140 g of cooked white fish each week. For red and processed meats, consume no...

Milk and dairy foods

Eat some! Try to use lower fat versions such as skimmed, 1% fat or semi skimmed milks and reduced fat cheese products. This group does not...

Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar

Most of us should eat less of foods from this group! These foods can be eaten in small amounts as part of a healthy, varied diet. Foods such as...

Healthy eating for vegans and vegetarians

What do different types of vegetarians eat? There are different types of vegetarians but all vegetarians avoid eating meat, many avoid animal...

Healthy eating on a budget

Eating a healthy, varied diet does not mean that you need to buy the most expensive foods. There are plenty of cheap, nutritious and delicious foods...

Healthy packed lunches

Lunch is an important meal for everyone, to provide energy and nutrients to keep you going through the afternoon, and many people choose to eat a...

Healthy snacking

It is fine to snack - so long as you maintain a healthy balance of foods and keep yourself active. If you feel hungry between meals, or you know it...

Good fats and bad fats explained

What is fat? Fat is a rich source of energy; 1 gram provides 37 kJ (9 kcal). Fat is made up of building blocks called fatty acids and these are...

Looking at labels

These days we are increasingly aware of what is in our food and how we can use information to make healthy choices. For some foods these choices are...

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