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A well-balanced diet includes food from the five main food groups. These are:
The Food Standards Agency suggests these 8 tips for eating well:
For more detailed information, visit the NHS Choices website.
The average person in the UK eats less than 3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, instead of the recommended 5. This is even lower amongst young people. The 5 A Day programme aims to change the way people think, and highlight the healthier benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables.
Eating more fruit and vegetables is essential for good health. The NHS lists 5 great reasons to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day:
Visit the 5 A Day pages on the NHS Choices website for more information on the 5 a day programme, what counts as a portion and some interesting recipes to make even the fussiest eaters enjoy their 5 fruit and vegetables a day.
If you feel your health is suffering due to your weight or diet, visit your local GP (doctor) who will be able to help with advice or referral to specialist services. If you are not registered with a doctor, visit the GP search on the NHS Choices website to find your local GP surgery.
Visit the Weight Loss pages on the NHS Choices website for information on losing weight, keeping weight off and nutrition label information.
Page last updated 3 October 2014