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Healthy eating for adults

NHS choices promotes
Eight key tips for healthy eating:

  • Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals (wholegrain where possible)
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables (tinned, frozen and dried count towards your 5-a-day)
  • Eat more fish (including a portion of oily fish)
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Eat less salt (no more than 6g a day for adults)
  • Get active and be a healthy weight
  • Don’t get thirsty
  • Don’t skip breakfasts

By just sticking to these eight key tips, you should begin to see some valuable health benefits. Below are practical tips that you may find useful when trying to stick to a healthier diet.

Nutritional facts and tips

  • If the cooking fat is solid at room temperature, it’s a saturated fat; if it’s a liquid (an oil) it’s unsaturated fat (coconut oil and ghee are saturated fats)
  • Sugar has no nutritional benefit it’s just empty calories
  • Beware of hidden sugars in bread, cereal and sauces, any words on the ingredients list ending in ‘ose’ are sugars; sucrose, glucose and maltose
  • Try swapping to wholegrain alternatives, as they are packed with fibre, B vitamins, antioxidants, vitamin E and protein which keeps you fuller for longer