The size of the segments for each of the food groups is consistent with government recommendations for a diet that would provide all the nutrients required for a healthy adult or child (over the age of 5).
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what you eat should come from each food group. This includes everything you eat and drink during the day.
So, try to:
- Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
- Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates; choosing wholegrain versions where possible
- Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks); choosing lower fat and lower sugar options
- Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
- Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts
- Drink 6 to 8 cups/glasses of fluid a day
If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar have these less often and in small amounts.
Source: Public Health England in association with the Welsh government, Food Standards Scotland and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland.