We need to include five food groups:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates
- Beans, pulses, eggs, meat and other proteins
- Dairy and alternatives
- Fats – oils and spreads
The Eat Well Guide opposite shows the proportion of each of these food groups you diet should generally be made up of.
If you choose a variety of foods from each of these groups, you can easily achieve a healthy balance. Foods high in fat, salt and sugars are not needed in the diet, so if you do choose to include them, then try to have them less often and in smaller amounts.