The most important requirement for a healthy living is a balanced diet. A
balanced diet should contain adequate amount of all the necessary
required by our body for healthy growth and daily activities.
A balanced diet must contain carbohydrate,
protein, fat, vitamins, mineral salts and fibre in the correct
A well-balanced diet includes
a variety of foods from
the five main food groups which include:
1. bread, cereal and potatoes (starchy foods),
2. fruit (including fresh fruit juice) and
3. meat and fish,
4. milk and dairy foods,
5. fat and sugar.
The first two groups should be around one-third each and the last
three to be in the remaining one-third part of our diet.
In adition to the above foods we should also take enough quantity
of water for proper functioning of our body and to avoid
It is very important to know what are the recommended levels of the
nutrients in our balanced diet.