No single food or drink contains all the essential nutrients your body needs, which is why variety is key. A healthy balanced diet means eating a wide range of foods from each of the five main food groups.
It is important to also ensure the energy you take in as food and drinks (measured in calories) is balanced out by the energy you use up through physical activity. This can be anything from hitting the gym through to performing everyday tasks like housework, DIY, using your green fingers in the garden or heading out for a stroll.
Sugars and the body
Sugars are an important source of energy that we all need to go about our daily lives.Read more
Calories can be important when making diet and lifestyle choices so we have explored what the term “calorie” means.Read more
You might be surprised to know that, apart from fibre, sugar has no more calories than any other ingredient.Read more
Healthy balanced diet
According to recent scientific thinking from the European Food Safety Authority, between 45% and 60% of our energy intake should come from carbohydrates, including sugars and starches.Read more
Take a look at a selection of some tasty recipes for you to enjoy. These are in line with the principles of the Eatwell Guide and are suitable for an average adult in the context of a 2000 calorie per day diet.Read more
The Eatwell Guide
Healthy eating is about consuming the right amount of food for your energy needs.Read more
Understanding portion sizes
For many of us, working out how much food and drink to give our kids can at times feel a bit like a guessing game. Whilst we may have a clear idea of what foods we want our families to eat, how much they should eat and drink in order to have a balanced diet is often less clear.Read more
Nutritional information can now be found on all pre-packaged foods and drinks in the UK.Read more
A guide to sugars in your diet
Our guides have been created to help you decide on meals and drinks as part of a healthy, balanced diet. We've included a calorie breakdown and some facts you may find surprising.Read more