If we google ‘healthy foods’ or ‘healthy eating’ the results are endless, confusing and hard to put into practice. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) provides us with up-to-date advice about the kinds of foods and amounts we need to eat for optimal health and wellbeing.
Eat more nutritious foods
Healthy foods should be nutritious and contain many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibers, and so on. However to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, we only have limited ‘calorie budget’ to spend. The AGHE encourages us to choose food nutrient dense, but less energy dense.
We all know healthy eating will help us maintain a healthy weight, have the energy to live life to the full and reduce our risks of chronic diseases. However the number of choices on offer to eat and drink can be overwhelming. One of the most common questions I get asked in my clinic is ‘what are healthy foods and what are unhealthy foods?’