Health Action: Healthy Eating

A healthy diet combines a variety of foods in different proportions. Foods are divided into five groups, shown here in the relative proportions in which they should be eaten to form a balanced, healthy diet. Enjoy your food and vary your diet to ensure that you get all of the nutrients your body needs. Eat the correct amount to maintain a healthy weight. Fresh fruit and vegetables and carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes should form the bulk of your diet, with meat, fish, and dairy products forming a smaller part of your daily intake.

Food groups

You should aim to eat foods from each of the five main food groups in the proportions represented here by slices of a plate. Foods in the larger slices should form a greater part of your diet than foods in the smaller slices. The total amount of food you need to eat depends on your body size, age, and activity levels.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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