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Eatwell Guide

Eatwell Guide

Helping you eat a healthy, balanced diet.

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Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle can help us feel our best – and make a big difference to our long-term health. So make the change today!

What is the Eatwell Guide?








The guide shows the proportions of different types of food we need to have a well-balanced and healthy diet.

Does the Eatwell guide apply to me?

The Guide applies to most people regardless of weight and dietary restrictions.

However, it doesn’t apply to children under 2 because they have different nutritional needs. Between the ages of 2 and 5, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown on the Eat Well Guide. If you have any special dietary requirements or medical needs then you might want to check with a dietician on how to adopt the eat well guide to meet your needs.

How can the Eatwell guide help?

The guide shows the different types of food we should eat – and in what proportions to have a healthy balanced diet.

  • Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates; choosing wholegrain versions where possible
  • Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks); choosing lower fat and lower sugar options
  • Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
  • Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts
  • Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day

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