A diet based primarily on starchy foods like rice and pasta, with masses of fruit and veg, some protein-laden foods like beef, fish and lentils, and some milk and dairy foods will give you all of the nutriments that you want.
When referring to a good diet, balance is the key to getting it right. This means eating a good variety of foods in the right proportions.
But achieving that balance in modern life can be tough. After a tedious day, it can be captivating to snatch the 1st prepared meal on the superstore shelf, which is OK infrequently. But the nutritive labels on these foods show that many prepared meals contain raised levels of fat, added sugar and salt. If you eat prepared meals too frequently, they will upset the balance in your diet.
All of the food we eat can be split into 5 groups. In a good diet you eat the proper balance of these groups.
- Fruit and veg.
- Starchy foods, eg rice, pasta, bread and potatoes. Select wholegrain types if you can. Beef, fish, eggs and beans.
- Milk and dairy foods.
- Foods containing fat and sugar.
The majority in England eat too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, plants and fibre.