Author: Dr Frankie Phillipps

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Saturday, October 28th, 2006 at 4:14 pm
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Take Five!

Healthy eating, dieting and food fads – there are articles in nearly every newspaper and magazine. But often the messages are conflicting or misleading, and it can be hard to know what advice is nutritionally sound and accurate.

That’s where the UK’s national food guide comes in, known as ‘The Balance of Good Health’. Eating well is all about balance and variety, and ‘The Balance of Good Health’ gives you a simple, easy to remember way to help you achieve this. It’s made up of five food groups, each group representing a different segment in the plate. Notice that these vary in size, depending on the proportions needed to make up a healthy diet.

Balancing everyday basics:

* Enjoy a variety of different foods from each food group
* Eat regularly, including breakfast
* Fruit and vegetables should make up one third of the food you eat (aim for 5 or more servings per day)
* Unrefined starchy foods (e.g. bread, other cereals, pasta, rice and potatoes) should also make up about a third of your food intake
* Eat smaller amounts of meat, fish and vegetarian alternatives, choosing lower fat options whenever possible
* Swap high fat dairy foods such as milk and cheese, for lower fat versions
* Limit foods in the fatty and sugary group, and use sparingly!
Healthy eating
Reproduced by kind permission from
the Food Standards Agency.
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2 Responses to “Take Five!”

  1. I Js Says:

    Hi there,
    I represent a london sch – healthy school’s coordinator; I am enquiring how i could get posters like this one for display around the school especially in the dinner hall. please advise.

  2. Suse Coon Says:

    First place to try would be the Food Standards Agency.

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