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The eatwell plate


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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

As well as recommending everyone eats 5-a-day portions of fruit and veg, government advice for a healthy balanced diet focuses on the 'eatwell plate'.

The picture of a plate shows how different foods contribute towards a healthy balanced diet, and the proportions they should be in to give healthy adults or children over 5 years old the nutrients they need.

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The eatwell plate is based on the 5 food groups and their recommended proportions:

  • Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods - 33%
  • Fruit and vegetables - 33%
  • Milk and dairy foods - 15%
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein - 12%
  • Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar - 8%

The eatwell plate also comes with general advice to eat:

  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods, choosing wholegrain varieties where possible
  • Some milk and dairy foods
  • Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein. Eating 2 portions of fish a week is recommended, one of them should be oily fish
  • Just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar

The eatwell plate shows separate food items, but government healthy eating advice acknowledges that some healthy dishes will include foods from different categories, such as pizzas, casseroles and sandwiches.

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 plate is right for them.

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Reviewed on September 24, 2013

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