Your Health


Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain your health. Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can:

  • reduce the risk of serious lifestyle health issues such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers
  • reduce the risk of bowel cancer due to the high fibre content
  • contribute to a healthy and balanced diet, help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy

In addition to plenty of fruit and veg, we should also be eating:

  • plenty of starchy foods, such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • just a small amount of food and drinks that are high in fat and/or sugar
  • drinking 8-10 200ml glasses of water a day (or more when exercising or in the heat)

For more information:

British Heart Foundation

British Dietetic Association


ID: 2092, revised 05/07/2022