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Why sugar can play a part in a balanced diet

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.

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Healthy Balanced diet

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.

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Food labels

Food labels

Nutritional information can now be found on all pre-packaged foods and drinks in the UK.

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Understanding portion sizes

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. 

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Sugars and the body

Sugars and the body

Sugars are an important source of energy that we all need to go about our daily lives.

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Understanding Calories

Understanding Calories

Calories can be important when making diet and lifestyle choices so we have explored what the term “calorie” means.

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Calorie Count

Calorie Count

You might be surprised to know that, apart from fibre, sugar has no more calories than any other ingredient.

See how sugar compares
Healthy eating

Healthy eating

Healthy eating is about consuming the right amount of food for your energy needs.

Eatwell guide