The Importance of a Balanced Diet
As people become more aware of health and nutrition, the significance of
balanced eating for a health life grows. To ensure variety and a well balanced
diet, select foods from each of the major food groups every day.
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Cereals and other foods made from grains (such as bread, milk and dairy products
such as cheese and yoghurt)
- Protein - fish, meats, poultry, eggs, dry beans and peas
Sugar is contained in a wide range of foods, including fruit, vegetables and
cereals. Choosing a variety within the different food groups is important to
provide nourishment, energy and body maintenance. A moderate intake of sugar
and sugar containing foods, as part of what you eat will provide enjoyment, and
increase the range of foods from which to choose a varied but health diet.
While scientists and health researchers differ in their views about what foods
are good for us, there is almost universal support for balance, moderation and
variety in eating.