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Why is it Important to have a Balanced Diet?

Why is it Important to have a Balanced Diet?

Experts and health professionals often talk about a balanced diet but what exactly does it mean? A balanced diet is a healthy diet – based on starchy or carbohydrate foods with lots of vegetables and fruit, some protein foods like meat and fish, some dairy foods, and a small amount of healthy fats, salt and sugar. This balanced diet will provide all the nutrients you need to stay healthy while helping you maintain a healthy weight.

Eating a wide variety of foods from the main food groups provides you with these benefits:

  • A balanced diet helps prevent disease and infections.

A balanced diet provides a good supply of vitamins and nutrients so your immune system functions well. This helps prevent infections and also reduces the risk of suffering from serious diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

  • A balanced diet helps you control your weight.

When you reduce fats and sugar, and keep carbohydrates to a healthy level, you are able to maintain a healthy weight. A balanced diet reduces the risk of obesity or under-nutrition.

  • Balanced diets help the body grow.

A balanced diet is particularly important for adolescents, children, and pregnant women. When you eat a balanced diet you are obtaining all the nutrients you need for growth and to keep functioning at a high level.

  • A balanced diet improves your mental health.

Eating a healthy balanced diet boosts your energy, helps you sleep better, reduces the risk of suffering from depression and enhances your memory. It is a simple way to feel better every day.

  • A balanced diet can keep you looking young.

You do not only improve your health on the inside when you have a balanced diet but it shows on the outside too – younger-looking skin, better hair and nails, and bright eyes.

How to Eat a Balanced Diet

Base your meals around wholegrain, starchy foods like rice and pasta. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and consume a small amount of protein-foods like meat and fish per day, along with a small amount of low-fat dairy. Limit your consumption of foods with added fat and sugar, and avoid saturated fat. Unsaturated fat – found in olive oil, oily fish, nuts and seeds – is good for you as part of a balanced diet.


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