Food and diet

Sugar and our health

From the age of 11 we should have no more than 30g of added sugars (about 7 sugar cubes) in our diet every day. Find out why.

How to cut down on sugar in your diet

Practical tips to help you reduce the amount of sugar you eat throughout the day.

The Eatwell Guide

To get the balance of your diet right, use the Eatwell Guide. It shows how much you should eat from each food group.

Eating a balanced diet

A healthy diet contains food from the major food groups to give us the energy and nutrients we need.

Eight tips for healthy eating

Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.

Cut down on your calories

Many of us are eating too much and not being active enough. Find out how to cut the calories.

Understanding calories

Calories mean energy, and the right energy balance is the key to a healthy weight.

Water, drinks and your health

Find out how much you need to drink and how to choose healthier soft drinks.

How to get more fibre into your diet

Most people need more fibre in their diet. Find out which foods are high in fibre.

What does 100 calories look like?

A visual guide to 100-calorie (420 kilojoules) portion sizes compared with everyday household objects.

Salt: the facts

Most people in the UK eat too much salt. But cutting back is possible, if you know how.

Tips for a lower-salt diet

Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Follow these practical tips to reduce your salt intake.

Fat: the facts

Find out about the role fats play in a healthy diet, including saturated fats and unsaturated fats.

Eat less saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can cause weight gain, and raised cholesterol. Find out how you can cut down.

Food labels

How to understand food labels and make healthier choices when shopping.

Food labelling terms

A guide to some of the most common food labelling terms, including use by, best before, low fat and no added sugar.

Eating processed foods

Information about different kinds of processed foods, and which to eat as part of a healthy balanced diet.

What are 'reference intakes' on food labels?

Reference intakes have replaced guideline daily amounts (GDA). They can help you check the amount of foods you eat that are high in fat, salt and added sugars.

Healthy breakfast cereals

We sort the shredded wheat from the chaff to help you choose healthier breakfast cereals.

Food and drinks for sport

Find out how a healthy diet can support your exercise regime.

The truth about sweeteners

Find out the evidence on the safety of some of the most common sweeteners available in the UK.

Milk and dairy in your diet

Milk and dairy foods provide protein and calcium. Make a healthy choice by opting for lower-fat varieties.

Fish and shellfish

Most of us should eat more fish, especially oily fish. Find out why.

The healthy way to eat eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein, but it's important to store, handle and prepare them properly.

Beans and pulses in your diet

Pulses are a great source of protein. Find out how to cook and store them.

Meat in your diet

Meat is a good source of protein. Find out how to make healthy choices, and how to store, prepare and cook meat.

Starchy foods and carbohydrates

Starchy foods are our main source of carbohydrate and play an important role in a healthy diet.

Vitamins, minerals and supplements

How to get all the nutrients you need, and safety advice about supplements

Healthy food swaps

Stop eating high-calorie foods and swap them for a healthy, balanced alternative.

Healthy eating out

Make healthier choices when you eat out at restaurants and cafes or grab lunch on the go.

Healthier takeaways

You don't have to give up takeaways completely, as long as you make the right menu choices.

What are superfoods?

We examine the evidence behind the health claims about 10 popular "superfoods".

5 A Day on a budget

A diet full of fruit and vegetables doesn't have to be expensive. Here's how to get your 5 A Day and save some money.

Healthier lunchboxes

Make sure your child's lunchbox provides a healthy, nutritionally balanced lunch.

What is a Mediterranean diet?

Find out what foods make up a typical Mediterranean diet and how it can benefit your health.

Healthy recipes

Healthy recipe ideas for meals low in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt, but high in taste

10 surprising 100-calorie snacks

Keep hunger at bay with these low-calorie twists on some of the nation's favourite snacks

Let's Be Food Smart!

Get the NEW Be Food Smart app and see how much sugar, sat fat and salt is really inside your food and drink

Vegetarians and vegans

Advice on healthy and balanced vegetarian and vegan diets including essential nutrients

Five healthy breakfasts

Get into the habit of eating breakfast with these delicious calorie-counted breakfasts

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Eat well in pregnancy

Find out how to follow a diet that's healthy for you and your baby, and which foods to avoid

Healthy eating for teens

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Don't follow the latest food fad: find out the truth about healthy eating

How to prepare and cook food safely

How to prepare and cook food correctly to reduce the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli

Food allergy

Common foods that can cause a reaction, warning signs, and what to do if you're allergic