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Australian Guide to Healthy Eating - Foods to Eat for Health
and Strength

Australian guide to healthy eating is, basically said, a guidebook which recommends enjoying a variety of foods every day.

It is based on the theory that food is important for physical, social and emotional health.

This guide sets its primary focus on physical health and provides information about amounts and kinds of foods one should consume to be healthy and strong.

Australian guide to healthy eating has classified foods in 5 groups based on important nutrients the body needs.

First group contains bread, cereal, pasta and rice. Vegetables and legumes make the second group, and in the third group is fruit.

Fourth group is made of dairy products – milk, yogurt and cheese. And finally, the fifth group contains meat, fish, nuts, eggs, poultry and legumes.

It is important to include enough groceries from every group in your meals every day than to continually choose different foods within a particular group from day to day, week to week, and so on.

It is also important to eat plenty of plant foods, and to also eat moderate amounts of animals foods such as meats and poultry.

Margarines, oils and fatty foods  should be reduced to minimum. And Australian guide to healthy eating says you should not forget to drink plenty of water.

These are the food groups...

  • First Group – bread, cereal,  pasta and rice.

These foods come from grains and they provide you carbohydrates, protein, fiber and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. It's best to eat whole grain bread, brown rice and fiber cereal.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating - Healthy Eating Pyramid

  • Second Group – vegetables and legumes. 

They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates. You can find vitamin C in, for example, broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes. Spinach, pumpkins and  carrots are rich in vitamin A. Eat a rainbow of vegetables, best fresh, but frozen is good alternative for fresh ones.   

  • Third Group – Fruits. Fruits are full in vitamins and folate. It's best to consume them  fresh, but juices are also good source of vitamins. Try to make your own juices from fresh fruits or use unsweetened juice. Include wide variety of fruit, like apples, pears, citruses, melons and berries.

  • Fourth Group – Milk, yogurt and cheese. These groceries contain  lots of calcium, including protein, riboflavin and vitamin B. It's good to choose low fat diary products, unless feeding children under five years.
  • Fifth Group – Meat, fish, nuts, eggs, poultry and legumes.It 's important to choose a wide variety of fish and meats like beef, kangaroo, chicken and rabbit. You should also be careful with fats, don't overeat them.

    Avoid frying in fat and oil and eating processed meats. If you eat processed meats, do so only a few times a month. If you are a vegetarian, choose legumes, nuts, and pumpkin, and sunflower or sesame seeds.

Australian guide to healthy eating, also recommends a group of the extra food. The extra food consists of all the groceries which aren't on this list. They do not contain nutrients that are essential for body health, but they contribute to the joy of eating.

They include foods like sausages, chips, crisps, pies and chocolate. Margarine and oil also fit in this group and you should reduce them as much as possible especially margarine.

Australian guide to healthy eating adds water to the list of things beneficial to your health. It's well known that adults should drink 8 glasses of water throughout the day. It helps detoxify your organs and helps your organs to absorb nutrients.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating - Vegetables

Finally, to put it all together, this healthy eating  recommends that you should be careful when shopping for your foods and when cooking them.

As regards snacks, they should consist of fruits and vegetables rather than candy bars and chips.

By giving you information about the amounts and kinds of food to consume to be healthy and strong, Australian guide to healthy eating allows you to enjoy a variety of foods everyday. These are foods that will improve your physical, social and emotional well-being.

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