Eating well means you’re more likely to feel healthier, stay active for longer and protect yourself against illness.

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How to eat well

Eating well means enjoying your food and having plenty of variety in your diet so you get all the nutrients you need and maintain a healthy weight.

The Eatwell guide shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group

It’s never too late to start eating healthily, and a healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring or expensive.

Eating well doesn’t have to mean giving up the less healthy things you enjoy – it just means eating them in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.


What are the best foods to stay healthy ?

Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables contain a range of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Research shows that people who eat plenty of fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop heart disease and certain cancers.

Aim for at least five portions of different-coloured fruit and vegetables each day. These can be fresh, frozen or canned.

A portion is roughly the amount you can fit in the palm of your hand, for example:

  • two satsumas
  • three apricots
  • an apple
  • a banana.

Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins

These foods all contain protein, minerals and vitamins which help maintain and repair your body after an injury or surgery.

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