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The Balance of Good Health (healthy eating info)

The Balance of Good Health (healthy eating info)

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A very informative, easy to understand, and practical guide to eating well, published by the Food Standards Agency. Highly recommended reading!
A very informative, easy to understand, and practical guide to eating well, published by the Food Standards Agency. Highly recommended reading!

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Published by: Connaught Hall, University of London on Jun 01, 2009
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The Balance of Good Health
Information for educators and communicators
The Balance of Good Health
,
a pictorial representation of the recommended balance of foods in the diet,aims to help people understand and enjoy healthy eating. It shows that people don’t have to give up thefoods they most enjoy for the sake of their health – just eat some in smaller quantities or less frequently.Variety and a change towards more vegetables, fruit, bread, breakfast cereals, potatoes, rice and pasta arewhat matters. Snacks as well as meals count towards a healthy balance.
 
The Balance of Good Health
applies to mostpeople. It applies to vegetarians, people of allethnic origins and people who are a healthyweight for their height, as well as those whoare overweight. However, it does not apply tochildren under two years of age because theyneed full fat milk and dairy products.Between the ages of two and five, childrenshould make a gradual transition to familyfoods, and the recommended balance shownin
The Balance of Good Health
can beginto apply.People under medical supervision or withspecial dietary requirements may want tocheck with their doctor to be clear aboutwhether or not it applies to them.
The Balance of Good HealthWho is ‘The Balanceof Good Health’ for?
The Balance of Good Health
aims to give people apractical message about healthy eating. It is hopedthat this will reduce the confusion about whathealthy eating really means. The appearanceof 
The Balance of Good Health
in a numberof different settings such as health centres,supermarkets, schools and workplaces will helpto maintain a consistent message.
TheBalance of Good Health
is based on theGovernment’s Eight Guidelines for a Healthy Diet:
Enjoy your food.
Eat a variety of different foods.
Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight.
Eat plenty of foods rich in starch and fibre.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Don’t eat too many foods that containa lot of fat.
Don’t have sugary foods and drinks too often.
If you drink alcohol drink sensibly.
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What is the basis of The Balance of Good Health’?
Food provides nutrients to help the body workproperly. No single food contains them in theamounts needed, so a mixture of foods hasto be eaten.
TheBalance of Good Health
makes healthyeating easier to understand by showing thetypes and proportion of foods needed to makea well-balanced and healthy diet.
TheBalance of Good Health
is based on the fivecommonly accepted food groups, which are:
Bread, cereals and potatoes.
Fruit and vegetables.
Milk and dairy.
Meat, fish and alternatives.
Foods containing fat; foods and drinkscontaining sugar.
Encouraging people to choose a variety of foodsfrom the first four groups every day will help ensurethat they obtain the wide range of nutrients theirbodies need to remain healthy and functionproperly. Choosing different foods from within eachgroup adds to the range of nutrients consumed.Foods in the fifth group – foods containing fatand foods containing sugar – are not essential toa healthy diet, but add choice and palatability.The main nutrients provided by each food groupare shown in the table on the next page.The key message of 
The Balance of Good Health
is the balance of foods that should be consumedto achieve a good healthy diet. This is shown by thedifferent area occupied by each of the food groupsin
The Balance of Good Health
. Although aiming toachieve this balance every day is a sensible andpractical approach, it is not necessary to achieve itat every meal. The balance could, however, also beachieved over the period of perhaps a week or two.The table gives guidance on the food groups and onhow to choose well from within them.
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