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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…

Perfect picnics

Picnics are a great British tradition and a good way for you and your family to eat a healthy meal together. If you combine a picnic with some physical activity - such as games or a brisk walk - you can have a healthy and fun…

Start losing weight

Use the panel above to download the NHS 12-week weight loss plan and start your weight loss journey. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 3 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely - and keep it off. The keys to success: Make realistic…

The healthy way to eat eggs

Eggs are a good choice as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As well as being a source of protein, they also contain vitamins and minerals. Eggs and your diet Eggs are nutritious - they're a source of: protein vitamin D vitamin A vitamin B2…

Understanding calories

The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories. When we eat and drink more calories than we use up, our bodies store the excess as body fat. If this continues over time we may put on weight. As…

Healthy breakfast cereals

With shelves stacked top to bottom with hundreds of brightly coloured boxes competing for your attention, supermarket breakfast cereal aisles can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield. Make the wrong choice and you or your child could end up with a breakfast cereal high in sugar,…

What does 100 calories look like?

Find out what 100 calories looks like with this selection of everyday foods.  Go straight to 100-calorie portions of: oil, mayonnaise and butter cheese sugar biscuits crisps   meat and fish dried fruit fresh fruit vegetables Calories and kilocalories The term calorie is a commonly used shorthand for…

Water, drinks and your health

It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Many soft drinks - including instant powdered drinks and hot chocolate - are high in sugar. Food and drinks that are high in sugar are often high in calories, and…