Food groups

Be informed about the different food groups and how they form part of a balanced diet.

Carbohydrates

Provide energy and play a role in the immune system. Sources include:

  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Rice
  • Bulgur
  • Potatoes

Protein

Essential for growth and repair. Sources include:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and pulses
  • Milk and dairy

Fat

Provides energy and helps absorb some vitamins. Sources of healthy fats include:

  • Olive oil, rapeseed oil and flaxseed oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Avocado
  • Fish

Vitamins and minerals

Play a major part in ensuring healthy bodily functions. Sources include:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and pulses
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products

Fibre

Fibre is important for bowel function. Sources include:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables


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