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The Eatwell Guide

WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

As well as recommending everyone eats 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables, government advice for a healthy balanced diet focuses on the 'Eatwell Guide'. In 2016, this updated guide replaced the Eatwell Plate.

The new guide gives greater prominence for fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates - especially wholegrains - and the importance of eating 30g fibre a day. There's also a new message about making sure you drink enough water and fluids a day.

Some snacks, like crisps, are singled out to be eaten only in small amounts and less often.

When it comes to oil and spreads, unsaturated is highlighted as the best choice.

The picture of a plate shows how different foods contribute towards a healthy balanced diet, lower in salt and fat, and the proportions they should be in to give us the nutrients we need.


The Eatwell Guide is made up with two main sections, one being for fruit and vegetables, and the other for starchy carbs. The rest is made up of proteins - such as meat, fish, beans and pulses - and dairy and alternatives, plus healthy spreads and oils.

People with some medical conditions or those with special dietary needs may need to check with their GP, or a registered dietitian, to make sure the Eatwell Guide is right for them.

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Reviewed on March 22, 2016

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