Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help you to: 

  • keep your energy levels up
  • look after your mental wellbeing 
  • keep your immune system healthy 
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • reduce your risk of health conditions such as stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer 
  • look after your heart health 
  • keep your bones and joints strong 
  • may help you to sleep better 

The exact make-up of a healthy diet can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as age and lifestyle, however the basics principles of a healthy diet remain the same. 

The NHS have developed The Eatwell Guide to show how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.