Balanced Diet


What is a Balanced Diet?

A balanced diet includes a variety of foods from all 5 food groups. It should provide enough calories to ensure a desirable weight and should include all the necessary daily nutrients.

A Good Combination of Foods for a Balanced Diet

The healthiest combination for a balanced diet is low fat, low refined carb + healthy carbs + moderate protein. For example, as a general rule:

  • About 50 percent of your calories should come from complex carbohydrates
  • About 20 percent should come from protein.
  • About 30 percent should come from all fat. (Of this, a max. of one third may be saturated fat).

Do you need supplements on a balanced diet?

No. If you lead a relatively normal life and follow a balanced diet, you won't need supplements. However, if you are unable to eat properly, or if you are ill, under stress or in need of extra nutrients, it may be prudent to supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin & mineral tablet. However, this should be a short term measure only. Supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.

What is a healthy balanced diet?

This section contains details on what a healthy diet should consist of and why each vitamin and mineral is an essential part of staying healthy.

The majority of people in this country eat too much fat and not enough fibre and for most people a healthy diet is simple and easy to do. The move towards a healthy diet may just mean eating more fruit, vegetables, bread, cereals, potatoes, and pasta.

People in the UK have a 1 in 3 chance of developing cancer at some time in their lives, eating a healthy diet, which includes 5 portions of different fruit and vegetables a day can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease or cancer.


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