Despite what you see in some diet books and TV programmes, healthy eating can be really straightforward.
A diet based on starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta; with plenty of fruit and vegetables; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils; some milk and dairy foods; and not too much fat, salt or sugar, will give you all the nutrients you need.
When it comes to a healthy diet, balance is the key to getting it right. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. That's why it's so important we eat enough of them. Fruit and vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals and fibre. People who eat at least five portions a day have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers. It's advised that we eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. What's more, eating five portions is not as hard as it sounds.
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There is lots of tips and advice to eat well on NHS choices
There is lots of great advice and recipes on the NHS choices website