What is healthy eating?
There's no need to be confused about food and health any longer. For the last 20 or 30 years, nutritionists, dieticians and doctors have provided the same diet information and recommended the same basic food and health principles to guide everyone towards healthier eating. Research into health and diet continues to confirm what we already know - ignore fad diets and follow these pointers to reduce your risk of illness and manage your weight:
- Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
- Change the way you cook food - try grilling instead of frying, and steam instead of boiling. Why not check out our top tips on preparing healthy meals.
- Reduce the amount of fat and sugar in your diet. Remember to check food labels for the amount of fat and sugar in foods. To keep yourself right, check out how much is a lot?
- Increase the amount of starchy foods (pasta, rice and potatoes).
Just as good food and health go hand-in-hand, you also need to combine all this with more physical activity to improve your overall health. It's also very important to enjoy your healthier eating, as this way you're more likely to stick to the changes you make to your food and health. Also make sure that what you eat boosts your energy - a healthy balanced diet will do this!
For some more diet information and easy guidance on food and health, and what to eat each day, check out our meal ideas. You can follow some good value, good tasting, healthy recipes to give you more ideas.
More diet information: check out our food plate model which shows the types and proportions of foods needed to make a well-balanced and healthy diet.