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Know your food groups

What are The Main Food Groups?

Do you know your proteins from your carbs? A healthy diet can be split into different groups of foods which provide similar nutrients and have a similar role in our daily diets.

Carbohydrates aren’t fattening – at only 4 calories per gram they are lower in calories than fats and oils

Oily fish is the best source of heart healthy long chain omega 3 fats – try sustainable sourced mackerel, salmon, sardines or trout

Fats which are solid at room temperature tend to be high in saturated fats such as butter, lard, ghee and coconut oil

References

  • World Health Organisation (2010) WHO The 3 Fives Healthy Choices Healthy Life. Available from www.who.int/foodsafety
  • Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network. The Global Burden of Disease Study (2015) Obesity and Overweight Prevalence 1980-2015. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2017
  • Public Health England (2018) The Eatwell Guide Booklet. Crown Publishing. London.