Broadly speaking it means eating in a way that:
Healthy eating can be really straightforward.
A diet based on starchy foods such as rice and pasta, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils, and some milk and dairy foods (and not too much fat, salt or sugar) will give you all the nutrients that you need.
Balance is the key to getting a healthy diet right. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions.
All the food we eat can be divided into five groups. In a healthy diet you eat the right balance of these groups.
Most people in the UK eat too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables and fibre.
Eating well helps to prevent many diseases, including heart problems, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Eating well also makes us look and feel well. Healthy eating can help you manage your weight and will improve your overall feeling of wellbeing, as well as reducing your risk of developing serious illnesses.
Visit the Good Food pages on the NHS Choices website for lots of information and good advice on how you can make your diet healthier without losing any of the taste!
Last updated: 30 May 2012