A balanced diet provides essential energy and nutrients, and can help protect against disease. On the other hand, poor nutrition increases risk of weight gain and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some cancers.
Alcohol also contributes to excess energy intake and weight gain, and can increase risk of certain cancers and stroke.
More than 9 in 10 adults don't consume the recommended serves of vegetables and fruit per day. Meanwhile, more than one third of daily energy intake comes from discretionary foods.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming a balanced diet and limiting discretionary foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars, and alcohol.
Tips to eat well
Plan meals ahead and stick to the shopping list. This also helps keep to a budget and prevent food wastage.
Don't go shopping when hungry, as food on the shelves will seem more tempting!
Read the labels. Look at the Health Star Rating for at-a-glance information and to compare products.
For more detail, look at the ingredients list and Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) to see how much salt, sugar and saturated/trans fats are in products.
Prepare healthy snacks. Chop up fruit or vegetables to keep in the fridge for a quick and easy snack. Try to eat 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit per day.
Include fruit, vegetables and whole foods in meals, like adding legumes and grated vegetables into meat dishes.
ACDPA played a significant role in the establishment of Australia’s Health Star Rating food labelling system and continues to work to strengthen the system.
Link to other ACDPA resources