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Enjoying a healthy diet can give us that life-enhancing edge, in both the short and the long term.
The short-term benefits of a healthy diet are that it:
The long-term benefits of a healthy diet are that it:
Food is your fuel, and you wouldn't dream of putting the wrong petrol and oil into your car, would you? Getting your body's fuel mix right will help you perform at your best, too.
The food we eat can generally be divided into five groups:
Foods in each group are good sources of similar nutrients, so can be interchanged. Eat most from group 1, least from group 5. If you choose a variety of food from the top four groups, you won't go far wrong.
For the starchy foods, choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can, or eat potatoes with their skin on for more fibre.
By following these guidelines you will automatically choose a diet packed with energy-giving carbohydrate, moderate in protein and fat (but low in saturated fat) and rich in vitamins and minerals and protective phytochemicals.
Don't miss it. Those who eat healthy breakfasts tend to be slimmer, better performers and have lower cholesterol levels than breakfast skippers.
Snacks or desserts
Some are healthier than others. If you need to eat, and fast food is your only option, try these choices:
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Date of last review 08/04/14
Date of next review 08/04/17
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In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
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