Health eating advice from Stonehaven Medical Group

Health eating advice from Stonehaven Medical Group

By Charlie Sands on 23/05/2023

The Eatwell Guide: How to eat a healthy balanced diet shows the different types of foods and drinks you should consume – and in what proportions – every day or over a week.

The Eatwell Guide divides the foods and drinks we consume into 5 main groups:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates
  • beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins
  • dairy and alternatives
  • oils and spreads

You should try to choose a variety of foods from each group to help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

These recommendations apply to most people regardless of their:

  • weight
  • dietary restrictions or preferences
  • ethnic origin

If you've special dietary or medical needs, ask a registered dietitian or nutritionist about the best way to adapt this guide to your needs.

You can use this guide to help you make healthier choices when:

  • planning what to eat
  • cooking or preparing a meal at home
  • food shopping
  • eating out or on the go

Most of the meals we eat are a combination of food groups. When planning meals, work out the main ingredients and think about how these fit within the 5 main food groups.

For further details follow the link to the Stonehaven Medical Group website and from there to NHS Inform

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