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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.

Water, drinks and your health

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

The eatwell plate

If you want to get the balance of your diet right, use the eatwell plate. It shows you how much you should eat from each food group.

A balanced diet

A healthy diet contains food from the four 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.

Understanding calories

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

What does 100 calories look like?

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

Cut down on your calories

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

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.

Reference intakes on food labels explained

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.

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

Barbecue food safety

Cooking food thoroughly at a barbecue helps to avoid food poisoning. Find out how to tell when your meat is done

Start losing weight

Begin your weight loss journey today with these tips on diet and physical activity to get started on losing weight.

Healthy food swaps

Stop those 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.

Healthy lunchbox treats

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

Overweight children aged 2-5

Being overweight can affect younger children's health and growth, but a healthy diet and exercise can help them reach their target weight.

Overweight children: advice for parents

Practical advice for parents of overweight children, including tips on healthy eating and physical activity.

Very overweight children: advice for parents

Healthy eating and exercise tips plus advice on calories, portion control and weight management clubs.

Healthy weight children: advice for parents

How to keep children at a healthy weight including meal-time and physical activity tips plus advice on sleep, screen-time and family outings.

Perfect picnics

A picnic is a great opportunity to eat healthily and get active outdoors. Here are some healthy picnic foods and activity ideas.

Underweight children aged 2-5

If your child is a two- to five-year-old and is underweight, find out how to help them gain weight healthily.

Underweight children aged 6-12

Maintaining a healthy weight is vital for children. If your child is aged 6-12 years old and is underweight, a good diet is key.

Underweight teen girls

Do you think you might be underweight? Read these tips on gaining weight healthily.

Underweight teen boys

If you're worried about being underweight, here's how to gain weight safely and healthily.

Underweight adults

If you're underweight, you could be harming your health. A good diet is the key to healthy weight gain.

What is a Mediterranean diet?

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

Kids in the kitchen

Get your kids used to cooking healthy food by letting them help while keeping in mind safety in the kitchen.

Make a Sugar Swap

Change4Life is helping families cut back on sugar. Sign up to receive your FREE pack, including a Sugar Swaps magazine, money-off vouchers, stickers and more.

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

Eat4Cheap

Take the Eat4Cheap challenge and see how much money you can save and still eat healthily

Vitamins, minerals and supplements

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

Get healthy as a family

10 ways to involve the whole family in keeping children in trim including activity holidays and eating together

Vegetarians and vegans

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

How to prepare and cook food safely

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

Healthy recipes

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

Food allergy

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

Eat well in pregnancy

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

Your baby's first solid foods

How to begin feeding your baby solid foods, including what foods to give them and when to start weaning

10 surprising 100-calorie snacks

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

Bodybuilding and sports supplements

Supplements are popular for people wanting to lose weight and build muscle, but some are illegal and dangerous

5 A DAY

Whether you're cooking for a family or eating on the run, our tips and recipes can help you get your 5 A DAY

Get healthy as a family

10 ways to involve the whole family in keeping children in trim including activity holidays and eating together

Lose weight

Weight loss resources to help you lose weight healthily, including the NHS 12-week diet and exercise plan

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

Five healthy breakfasts

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

Red meat and bowel cancer risk

Eating a lot of red meat probably increases your risk of bowel cancer. Find out how much we should eat

Is it a food allergy or intolerance?

Around 2% of people in the UK have a food allergy, but many more have a food intolerance