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Find out how foods are processed, the different kinds of processed foods there are, and which can be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet.
A picnic is a great opportunity to eat healthily and get active outdoors. Here are some healthy picnic foods and activity ideas.
Find out how a healthy diet can support your exercise regime.
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Most of us eat too much sugar. Find out why you should cut down.
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Practical tips to help you reduce the amount of sugar you eat throughout the day.
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Find out the evidence on the safety of some of the most common sweeteners available in the UK.
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.
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Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.
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A healthy diet contains food from the four major food groups to give us the energy and nutrients we need.
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Find out how much you need to drink, and how to choose healthier soft drinks.
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Milk and dairy foods provide protein and calcium. Make a healthy choice by opting for lower-fat varieties.
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Most of us should eat more fish, especially oily fish. Find out why.
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Eggs are a good source of protein, but it's important to store, handle and prepare them properly.
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Pulses are a great source of protein. Find out how to cook and store them.
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Meat is a good source of protein. Find out how to make healthy choices, and how to store, prepare and cook meat.
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Find out about different types of fat and get tips to help you reduce the amount of fat you eat.
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Too much saturated fat can cause weight gain, and raised cholesterol. Find out how you can cut down.
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Starchy foods are our main source of carbohydrate, and play an important role in a healthy diet.
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Most people in the UK eat too much salt. But cutting back is possible, if you know how.
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Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Follow these practical tips to reduce your salt intake.
Cooking food thoroughly at a barbecue helps to avoid food poisoning. Find out how to tell when your meat is done
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How to understand food labels and make healthier choices when shopping.
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A guide to some of the most common food labelling terms, including use by, best before, low fat and no added sugar.
A visual guide to 100-calorie (420 kilojoules) portion sizes compared with everyday household objects.
Calories mean energy, and the right energy balance is the key to a healthy weight.
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Many of us are eating too much, and not being active enough. Find out how to cut the calories.
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Begin your weight loss journey today with these tips on diet and physical activity to get started on losing weight.
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Stop those high-calorie foods and swap them for a healthy, balanced alternative.
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Make healthier choices when you eat out at restaurants and cafes or grab lunch on the go.
You don't have to give up takeaways completely, as long as you make the right menu choices.
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Make sure your child's lunchbox provides a healthy, nutritionally balanced lunch.
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We examine the evidence behind the health claims about 10 popular "superfoods".
You can spend less on your food shopping and still eat healthily. Follow these tips to reduce your grocery bills.
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.
Being overweight can affect younger children's health and growth, but a healthy diet and exercise can help them reach their target weight.
Practical advice for parents of overweight children including tips on healthy eating and physical activity.
Healthy eating and exercise tips plus advice on calories, portion control and weight management clubs.
How to keep children at a healthy weight including meal-time and physical activity tips plus advice on sleep, screen-time and family outings.
If your child is a two- to five-year-old and is underweight, find out how to help them gain weight healthily.
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.
Do you think you might be underweight? Read these tips on gaining weight healthily.
Being too thin is bad for your health, but reaching your ideal weight can make you taller, stronger and fitter.
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If you're underweight, you could be harming your health. A good diet is the key to healthy weight gain.
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Find out what foods make up a typical Mediterranean diet and how it can benefit your health.
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Get your kids used to cooking healthy food by letting them help with this simple recipe for smiley salmon fishcakes.
Recipes to make healthy eating simple
Check your BMI and get tailored advice
Find out if your diet is healthy
Find out if you have a food allergy
How to barbecue safely
Bowel cancer self-assessment
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In this video, dietitian Azmina Govindji gives advice on how to eat healthily on a budget.
Media last reviewed: 14/05/2013
Next review due: 14/05/2015
Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important
Take the Eat4Cheap challenge and see how much money you can save and still eat healthily
How to get all the nutrients you need, and safety advice about supplements
10 ways to involve the whole family in keeping children in trim including activity holidays and eating together
Advice on healthy and balanced vegetarian and vegan diets including essential nutrients
How to prepare and cook food correctly to reduce the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli
Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to get active and improve your general health
Healthy recipe ideas for meals low in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt but high in taste
Exactly how much is one portion of fruit or vegetables? Dietitian Azmina Govindji explains
Media last reviewed: 25/10/2013
Next review due: 25/10/2015
Common foods that can cause a reaction, warning signs, and what to do if you're allergic
Find out how to follow a diet that's healthy for you and your baby, and which foods to avoid
How to begin feeding your baby solid foods, including what foods to give them and when to start weaning
Read these top tips for mealtimes, including special equipment and helping your child to participate
Keep hunger at bay with these low-calorie twists on some of the nation's favourite snacks
Supplements are popular for people wanting to lose weight and build muscle, but some are illegal and dangerous
Whether you're cooking for a family or eating on the run, our tips and recipes can help you get your 5 A DAY
An infographic showing the amount of salt in our diet, the damage being done to our health and how to cut down
Join more than 140,000 who follow @NHSChoices for the latest and best health news and lifestyle advice
Use our 5 A DAY meal planner to help boost your fruit and veg intake, with menu ideas and recipes
Weight loss resources to help you lose weight healthily, including the NHS 12-week diet and exercise plan
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
Getting enough iron is especially important for teenage girls. Find out why, and how to get more iron into your diet.
Get into the habit of eating breakfast with these delicious calorie-counted breakfasts
Eating a lot of red meat probably increases your risk of bowel cancer. Find out how much we should eat
Around 2% of people in the UK have a food allergy, but many more have a food intolerance
Do foods really have health giving properties? Read our special report. (PDF, 2Mb)
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