Healthy eating and nutrition
Tips on a healthy diet.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or avoiding all your favourite foods. Eating healthily is all about getting the balance right.
What is a healthy diet?
Did you know that an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption could reduce the incidence of cancer by at least 20%, while around 30% of coronary heart disease is diet-linked?
A healthy diet should include:
- At least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day
- Meals based on starchy foods, like whole grain bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes
- Limited amounts of processed and convenience foods as they often contain hidden fats, sugar and salt
- Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day. Check labels and choose foods with lower salt
- Drink plenty of water - aim for six to eight glasses (1.2 litres a day)
- Try to choose low fat milk and dairy foods
- Eat only small amounts of foods high in fats and sugar - cakes, biscuits, sweets, butter, hard cheese and fizzy drinks
Exercise and diet
Exercise plays an important part in the promotion of good health and just 30 minutes exercise, five days a week will keep you healthy. It is important to balance the energy you take in from food with the energy you burn through activity.
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