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Are you covering all the bases when it comes to healthy eating?

The Healthy Living Pyramid (HLP) was developed with the help of nutritionists to provide simple dietary guidelines to planning meals, healthy eating and having a balanced diet. The pyramid outlines the types of foods we should eat and in what proportions. The pyramid represents food from the core food groups only.

What are the five food groups?

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating produced by the Department of Health and Ageing defines the five food groups as:

Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes.

The following table provide by the Department of Health and Ageing contains information about the recommended daily servings of the five food groups and correct portions for children/teenagers, women and men to promote healthy eating and a balanced diet.

Cereals(including breads, rice, pasta, noodles)

Lean meat, fish, poultry, nuts & legumes

These foods provide the important nutrients the body needs and actively promote the increased consumption of breads, cereals, legumes, vegetables and fruits. The guidelines recommend that only moderate amounts of foods containing sugars and high salt should be consumed. The Healthy Living Pyramid is designed to make it easier for everyone to understand how to eat healthy and enjoy a balanced diet.

A diet consistent with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends people consume a variety of foods across and within the five food groups and avoid foods that contain too much added fat, salt and sugar. The Healthy Living Pyramid aims to promote healthy eating habits, a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of health problems in later life, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

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