Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best.
BDA Food Fact sheets are available free of charge and cover a wide range of topics, including healthy eating, weight loss, menopause, fluid, snacks and diabetes. The sheets are written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.
Eating for health
Not eating and drinking properly is a major cause of ill-health in the UK, particularly among the elderly. Over 3 million people across the UK are either malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. Over 1 million are over the age of 65 and the vast majority of people are living in the community (BAPEN, 2014). For more information see the NHS website.
The Eatwell Guide shows that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to:
If you're having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts.
Try to choose a variety of different foods from the five main food groups. Most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre.
There are also lots of free online resources and apps that can help you eat well:
This advice is for people who are generally well, with a good appetite. If you have been given special dietary advice concerning a health issue, you should follow that advice.
Read the NHS website page on understanding calories.