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Nutrition centre

Understanding nutrition…

We know we’re supposed to eat a healthy mix of foods and most of us try hard to include 5-a-day in our diet. Finding out more about nutritional components can make another positive difference to the kinds of food you choose. Improving your health by understanding more about nutrition may be easier than you think.

Five-a-day made simple
What to eat? What counts as one portion?
All types of vegetables 3 heaped tablespoonfuls
Mixed salad 1 desert bowlful
Grapefruit/avocado pear/other citrus fruits 1/2 fruit
Apples, bananas, oranges 1 medium fruit
Plums and similar sized fruit 2 fruits
Grapes, cherries, and berries 1 handful
Fresh fruit salad, stewed or canned fruit 3 heaped tablespoonfuls
Dried fruit (raisins, apricots etc.) 1 tablespoonful
100% fruit juice 1 glass (150ml)

Cholesterol

We hear a lot about reducing levels of cholesterol. Understanding what cholesterol is, and why the right levels are so important, could help improve your health.
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Fats

Some fats are good for us, but too much fat is bad for your health. Learn the difference between types of fat, and how you could reduce ‘bad’ fats in your diet.
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Weight

What’s the right weight for your height and shape? Find out more about how to reach your ideal weight, and how this could improve your health and well-being.
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