What is Healthy Eating?
Are there some foods that are better than others?
Are potatoes fattening?
Does it matter what we eat?...
It appears that every week there is a new health alert relating to a food, so who should we believe?
The clear message is that there are no unhealthy foods only unbalanced and unhealthy diets. So the real healthy eating message is about getting the balance right and eating the right quantities of foods from the four main food groups in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. No single food provides all the nutrients we need, so it is important to include a wide variety of foods in the diet.
Eating a healthy diet should start from the moment we begin to feed our babies and should become part and parcel of our daily lives that way we can reduce the risk of developing some of the major diseases associated with a poor diet.
Use the navigation on the left hand side of the screen to find further information and tips on eating healthily, making good choices as an individual or a family, portion sizes, recipes and links to other food related health resources.
8 Tips for Eating Well
- Base your meals on starchy foods
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
- Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish each week
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Try to eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
- Get active and try to be a healthy weight
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t skip breakfast
The following pages will provide information to encourage and support people to make the right choices when it comes to food.
The Eatwell Plate
Click on the plate to see what proportion of each food group should make up your balanced meal.