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Eating essentials

Why do you need 5-a-day? Are all fats bad? Why is cutting down on salt important? Learn more.

Getting started

How much water are you drinking each day? Do juices count?  Find out this and more.

Nuts and seeds are sources of protein and healthy fats, learn more about these versatile foods.

Consuming too much salt is serious because it's a risk factor for high blood pressure. High blood pressure, in turn, can lead to stroke and heart disease.

What are carbohydrates? Find out more about this essential food.

What is hydrogenated fat? Read more about types of fat, and why they matter.

What drives our hunger? Find out here.

Why wholemeal rather than white bread?

Watermelons are popular foods - especially in summer - but what about their juice as a drink - and does it have any health or nutrition benefits?

5-a-day

Why five is the magic number when it comes to fruit and veg.

As well as 5-a-day, government advice for a healthy balanced diet focuses on the 'Eatwell Guide'.

Popeye knew it. Mums and dads who urged their children to eat their veg did, too. Not only are vegetables delicious, they can work wonders for maintaining health.

High-fibre foods boost health and help manage your weight.

Get the facts on apple calories and more.

Get the facts on bananas, including calories in a banana, sugars, GI and surprising banana facts.

Is drinking fruit juice as good as eating fruit?

Healthy fats

Understanding labels for low-fat, light and lite food options.

Lean about olive oil, fish oil and more.

Trans fatty foods tantalise your taste buds, then travel through your digestive system to your arteries, where they turn to sludge.

What is Omega 3 and how can it benefit you?

Learn more about omega-3 fatty acids.

If fish is not to your taste, useful omega-3 fats can also be found in some other surprising foods.

Does coconut oil have health benefits?

Protein

Protein can help you shed those unwanted kilos and keep you feeling full, but it is important to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein to get the health benefits.

In a reduced-calorie diet, the mix of nutrients in dairy foods along with a calorie-controlled diet can help you lose weight and meet your nutritional needs for nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamin D.

How much protein do you need to stay healthy? What’s the best source of protein?

Get the facts on eggs, including calories in an egg, cholesterol, protein and surprising eggs facts.

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