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Teeth whitening

More and more people are paying for brighter, whiter teeth. But does teeth whitening work and is it safe? Here are the answers to common questions about the treatment. What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can't make your teeth…

Food labelling terms

Food labels can help us choose a healthier diet and make sure our foods are safe to eat. Here's a guide to some of the most common food labelling terms. Food labels provide a wide range of information about foods. But understanding all of that…

How to keep your teeth clean

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up. Try to…

How to eat less saturated fat

Practical tips to help you eat less fat, including saturated fat. Eating lots of saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.  Saturated fat is found in: butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil  cakes  biscuits fatty cuts of meat sausages  bacon cured…

Healthy eating out

Check out our tips to help you make healthier choices when eating out at a restaurant or cafe. Food swaps Some easy swaps you could try: swap pies, bacon and sausages for healthier protein, such as lean cuts of meat, pulses, chicken without the skin, and lean meats like…

Overweight children aged 2-5

More young children than ever are overweight, but there's plenty you can do to help your child achieve a healthy weight. Being overweight is bad for your pre-schooler's health now and in the future. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, putting them…

How to cut down on sugar in your diet

We Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That's an average of 140 teaspoons per person. Added sugars, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, shouldn't make up more than 5% of the energy you get from food and drink each day.…

Beans and pulses in your diet

Pulses include beans, lentils and peas. They're a cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and count towards your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. A pulse is an edible seed that grows in a pod. Pulses include all beans, peas…

Salt: the facts

Find out the daily salt recommendations for adults, children and babies and learn how to use nutrition labels to spot the salt in food. A diet high in salt can cause raised blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure…

Starchy foods and carbohydrates

Starchy foods are our main source of carbohydrate and play an important role in a healthy diet. Starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals should make up just over a third of the food you eat, as shown by the Eatwell Guide. Where you…