Benefits of balanced diet

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Why is healthy eating important? The benefits of a balanced diet

When we talk about healthy eating, we mean eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions.

Following a healthy, balanced diet helps your body to get the nutrition and energy it needs to stay healthy, active and well. This type of diet will help you to maintain good health, a healthy weight, and help you to feel your best.

Why is healthy eating important? The benefits of a balanced diet

A healthy diet needs to incorporate a range of different foods and should typically consist of:

  • Fruit and vegetables (at least five portions per day);

  • High-fibre starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta or bread;

  • Dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya);

  • Protein such as beans, pulses, eggs, meat and fish;

  • Small amounts of unsaturated fats (healthy fats) such as oils and spreads;

  • Plenty of water (or other fluids);

  • Having healthy eating habits, such as eating only enough to feel full.

Eating a good variety of these foods every day will help you to get a wide range of nutrients from your diet.

Why is healthy eating important? The benefits of a balanced diet

What we eat and drink can have a huge impact on our bodies and our health, which is why a healthy diet is so essential.

There are many benefits of eating healthily. Healthy eating can:

  • Lower your risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers

  • Support immune function

  • Help the digestive system function

  • Help to maintain a healthy weight

  • Keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy

  • Repair and strengthen muscles

  • Improve energy levels

  • Support brain function and brain health

  • Boost mood

  • Help with sleeping patterns.

The benefits of a healthy diet are huge — providing the energy and nutrients we need to keep active throughout the day while ensuring that we remain healthy far into the future.