from Better Health
Eating a varied, well-balanced diet means eating a variety of foods from each food groups daily, in the recommended amounts. It is also important to choose a variety of foods from within each food group because different foods provide different types and amounts of key nutrients.
Choosing a variety of foods will help to make your meals interesting, so that you don’t get bored with your diet.
Some foods do not fit into the five food groups because they are not necessary for a healthy diet. These foods are called ‘discretionary choices’ and they should only be eaten occasionally. They tend to be too high in either energy (kilojoules), saturated fat, added sugars, added salt or alcohol, and have low levels of important nutrients like fibre.
It’s not hard to include foods from the five food groups into snacks and meals. Some suggestions include:
1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry; 1 billion in the world are overweight.
Food variety means eating a wide variety of foods from each of the five food groups, in the amounts recommended. Eating many different foods helps maintain a healthy and interesting diet which provides a range of different nutrients to the body. Eating a variety of foods promotes good health and can help reduce the risk of disease.
Organic fruits and vegetables show higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown foods.