A healthy diet is full of variety, with a base of breads, potatoes, and other cereals and rich in fruits and vegetables. It will include moderate amounts of milk and dairy products, meat, and fish, and limited amounts of foods containing fat or sugar.
There are also some simple guidelines which can help keep us on the right lines too.
Why is a healthy diet important?
A healthy diet is important for good general health. It helps to maintain a good immune system and a healthy body weight.
It can also help protect your body from serious illnesses such as:
- heart disease
- other conditions e.g. constipation, obesity, tooth decay etc.
Who does this advice apply to?
The advice given in this section of the website applies to all healthy people above five years of age including vegetarians and people of all ethnic origins. For children of pre-school age – you can apply it gradually. However, it doesn’t apply to anyone with special dietary requirements, frail older people or people who are seriously ill. If you are under medical supervision, check with your GP or registered Dietitian to see if you should use this guide.