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BALANCE OF GOOD HEALTH

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The Balance Of Good Health is based on the Government's Eight Guidelines for a Healthy Diet:
  • Enjoy your food.
  • Eat a variety of different foods.
  • Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight.
  • Eat plenty of foods rich in starch and fibre.
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Don't eat too many foods that contain a lot of fat.
  • Don't have sugary foods and drinks too often
  • If you drink alcohol drink sensibly.

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The Balance of Good Health is divided into five food groups, of which our diet should be made up of in the following proportions:
  • Starchy Foods; bread, cereals, rice and potatoes, 33%
  • Fruit and vegetables, 33%
  • Milk and dairy, 15%
  • Meat, fish and alternatives, 12%
  • Foods containing fat and sugar; cakes, biscuits, pies, drinks, butter etc, 7%

Encouraging people to choose a variety of foods from the first four groups everyday will help ensure that they obtain the wide range of nutrients their bodies need to remain healthy and function properly. Choosing different foods from within each group adds to the range of nutrients consumed. Foods in the fifth group - foods containing fat and sugar are not essential to a healthy diet, but add choice and palatability.

[i]For more information on Healthy Eating or 5 A DAY, why not contact a Community Food & Health Worker. Contact details available on the Contact sheets.