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Food and diet

Why most of us should eat fewer calories

Many of us are eating too much, and not being active enough. Find out how much you should eat, and how to cut the calories.

Eight tips for healthy eating

Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.

The eatwell plate

If you want to get the balance of your diet right, use the eatwell plate. It shows you how much you should eat from each food group.

A balanced diet

A healthy diet contains food from the four major food groups, to give us the energy and nutrients we need.

Understanding calories

Calories mean energy, and the right energy balance is the key to a healthy weight.

Start losing weight

Begin your weight loss journey today with these tips on diet and physical activity to get started on losing weight.

Fish and shellfish

Most of us should eat more fish, especially oily fish. Find out why.

Eat less saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can cause weight gain, and raised cholesterol. Find out how you can cut down.


Most of us eat too much sugar. Find out how you can cut down.

Fat: the facts

Find out about different types of fat and get tips to help you reduce the amount of fat you eat.

Food labels

How to understand food labels and make healthier choices when shopping.

Salt: the facts

Most people in the UK eat too much salt. But cutting back is possible, if you know how.

Starchy foods

Starchy foods are our main source of carbohydrate, and play an important role in a healthy diet.


Find out how much you need to drink, and how to choose healthier soft drinks.

Video: how to eat well on a budget

You don't have to spend a lot to eat well. Dietitian Azmina Govindji explains how you can eat healthily for less.

Health check your shopping

Find out how the Supermarket Health Checker can help make your weekly shopping choices even healthier.

5 A DAY on a budget

A diet full of fruit and vegetables doesn't have to be expensive. Here's how to get your 5 A DAY and save some money.

Healthy food swaps

Stop those high-calorie foods and swap them for a healthy, balanced alternative.

Healthier takeaways

You don't have to give up takeaways completely, as long as you make the right menu choices.


Meat is a good source of protein. Find out how to make healthy choices, and how to store, prepare and cook meat safely.


Eggs are a good source of protein, but it's important to store, handle and prepare them properly.

Milk and dairy foods

Milk and dairy foods provide protein and calcium. Make a healthy choice by opting for lower-fat varieties.

Healthy eating out

Make healthier choices when you eat out at restaurants and cafes or grab lunch on the go.

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5 A DAY meal planner

Use our 5 A DAY meal planner to help boost your fruit and veg intake, with menu ideas and recipes

5 A DAY meal planner

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Fat: the facts

In this video, learn about different types of fats, which ones are considered good or bad fats and how to identify them when shopping in the supermarket.

Lose weight

For a healthy weight, eat well and get active. Find out how to get started and keep going

Vitamins, minerals and supplements

How to get all the nutrients you need, and safety advice about supplements

Eat well in pregnancy

Find out how to follow a diet that's healthy for you and your baby, and which foods to avoid

Healthy eating for under fives

Advice on introducing solids, meal ideas, food allergies, vitamins and answers to common questions

Food allergy

Common foods that can cause a reaction, warning signs, and what to do if you're allergic

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Miracle foods: myths and the media

Do foods really have health giving properties? Read our special report. (PDF, 2Mb)

Weight Loss Blog

Personal stories, advice and support from people trying to lose weight and lead a healthier life

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Healthy recipes

Healthy recipe ideas for meals low in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt but high in taste

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to help you get into shape


Whether you're cooking for a family or eating on the run, our tips and recipes can help you get your 5 A DAY

How to prepare and cook food safely

How to prepare and cook food correctly to reduce the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli

Vegetarian and vegan diets

Advice on healthy vegetarian and vegan diets to ensure you have a balanced and varied diet, including essential nutrients.



Find easy exercise and healthy eating tips for you and your family