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UK Eating & Food Advice For Optimum Weight & Health

UK Dietary Guidelines

For official UK healthy eating advice and dietary guidelines, we draw your attention to to the following diet advice issued by the UK Government Department of Health.

  • Eat a Variety of Foods
  • Balance Your Foods with Physical Activity - Maintain or Improve Your Weight
  • Choose a Diet Rich in Grain Products, Vegetables and Fruits
  • Choose a Diet Low in Total Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol
  • Choose a Diet Moderate in Sugars
  • Choose a Diet Moderate in Salt and Sodium
  • If You Drink Alcoholic Beverages, Do So in Moderation

"Weight loss should be managed long term and include modification of your diet, more exercise and other important lifestyle changes." Professor Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, February 2002.


UK Dietary Guidelines from the BBC

For more UK healthy eating advice and dietary guidelines, we draw your attention to to the following diet advice issued by the BBC.

BBC Balanced Diet Guidelines

The term "balanced diet" has become one of those health mantras that you constantly hear, but which no one ever really stops to explain. What it really means is a diet that includes a combination of several different food types. These food types include grains and pulses, fresh fruit and veg, meat, dairy products, and fats and oils.

Getting Food-Proportions Right

But how much of these different foods should you have? Critical to the idea of a balanced diet is including food in the right proportions, because the aim is to get all the nutrients your body needs while maintaining a healthy weight.

So instead of thinking of roughly equal measures of everything, there should be a lot of some foods and just a little of others. For example, some fats or oils are important in the diet for various reasons, from absorption of fat-soluble vitamins to providing children with energy. But you only need a small amount of fats and oils compared to a food type such as fruit and vegetables, of which you should have at least 5 servings a day.

The Food Pyramid Dietary Guidelines

Foods at the top of the pyramid - fats, oils and sweets - should be included sparingly, while those in the middle (such as protein-rich foods, and dairy foods) are needed in moderate amounts. Take care that these protein sources don't bring a lot of fat with them, so trim fat off meat, skin off chicken. Think about how foods are cooked too - meat fried or in breadcrumbs adds extra fat to the equation. Milk and dairy produce form a section in this part of the pyramid - 2-3 servings a day are needed - for some fun ideas on milk, try the Why Milk site at www.whymilk.com.

Fresh fruit and vegetables take a major slice of the pyramid. Low in fat, calories and salt, they are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Most of us simply don't eat enough to meet the recommendation of 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 of fruit.

Source: BBC (London) www.bbc.co.uk/health/


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