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What is a balanced diet?

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A balanced diet is one which gives your body the right amount of nutrients. The amount of nutrients needed may vary to meet your energy requirements but it is important to have an idea of what your diet should include.

A balanced diet is eating the correct amount of the seven nutrients to give you enough energy for daily activity. The seven nutrients are:

Whilst going through treatment, the amount of these nutrients needed may vary to meet your energy requirements at that time. For example, if a side effect of your treatment is diarrhoea, you may need to increase your fibre intake to manage this.

A daily diet for most people should include varying portions of:

 

  • Published: Feb 2016
  • Next planned review: Feb 2018