In using Eatwell Everyday, we expect that:
- Consumers will better understand what is meant by a healthy balanced diet and the key dietary messages which support this.
- Consumers will be encouraged to make positive changes to their own food intake.
Key messages of the resource
Moving towards a healthier diet will involve eating the types and proportions of foods and drinks shown in the Eatwell Guide. This means:
- Eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
- Basing meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates; choosing wholegrain versions where possible.
- Eating some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks); choosing lower fat and lower sugar options.
- Eating some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily).
- Choosing unsaturated oils and spreads and eating in small amounts.
- Drinking 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day.
If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar: have these less often and in small amounts. These messages are not new, but this resource provides a new way to start discussions on healthy eating and help individuals explore how to make changes to their own diets.