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Many diseases and conditions could be prevented or managed by eating a healthy diet and leading a balanced lifestyle. (1,2)

Keep healthy by developing these helpful (and healthy) eating habits:

  • Eat at least 5 portions of different types of vegetables and fruits a day – about half your plate with every meal should be vegetables/fruit (1-3)
  • Aim to eat 3 meals per day and snack on fruit and vegetables between meals (1,2)
  • Eat lots of fibre from fruit, vegetables and wholegrains – around ¼ of your plate with every meal (1-3)
  • Limit your intake of unhealthy trans fats from processed, refined foods (1,2)
  • Stay away from sugary soft drinks (and limit sweets) (1-3)
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day (6 – 8 glasses) (1-3)
  • Limit your salt intake (1,2)
  • Limit the frying of your food – rather steam or bake (2)

A healthy diet must contain a variety of foods, including wholegrains, vegetables, fruit, protein and fibre. (3) Eating sufficient quantities of nutrients is necessary to boost resistance to disease and stress. (1)

References: 1. Nutrition and Ageing. KZN Department of Health Services and Welfare [online] [cited 2017 October 19]. Available from: URL: Eat and drink smart. Cancer Association South Africa. [online] [cited 2017 October 19]. Available from: URL: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Nutrition Source. Healthy Eating Plate & Healthy Eating Pyramid. [online] [cited 2017 Oct 17]. Available from: URL:

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