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What is a balanced diet?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

A balanced diet is about:

  1. eating the right food.

  2. eating the correct nutrients, in the right quantities.

  3. eating at regular times.

It is made up of the five main food groups:

  1. bread, cereals (including breakfast cereals) and potatoes

  2. fruit and vegetables

  3. meat and fish

  4. milk and dairy foods

  5. fat and sugar

A healthy diet also includes:

  • eating three main meals per day breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • eating at regular times.

  • eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods.

  • limiting foods that are high in fat and sugar.

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