General Article The eatwell plate

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The eatwell plate makes healthy eating easier to understand by showing the types and proportions of foods we need to have a healthy and well-balanced diet.

The eatwell plate shows how much of what you eat should come from each food group. This includes everything you eat during the day, including snacks.

So, try to eat:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods – choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar.

Look at the eatwell plate to see how much of your food should come from each food group. You don’t need to get the balance right at every meal. But try to get it right over time such as a whole day or week.

Try to choose options that are lower in fat, salt and sugar when you can.


  • The above information is reprinted with kind permission from the Food Stan...

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