The Eatwell Plate

For GCSE exam on the eatwell plate

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Fruit and Vegetables

One third of the diet should be made up of fruits and/or vegetables

This group provides:

  • Dietary fibre (NSP)
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Minerals
  • Water/fluid

Try to eat a variety of at least 5 fruits and/or vegetables a day

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Bread, Rice, Potatoes, Pasta and other Starchy foo

One third of the diet should be made up of these foods

This group provides:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Dietary fibre (NSP)
  • B vitamins
  • Minerals e.g. iron and calcium

Starchy foods provide the body with energy

Try to choose wholegrain options where possible

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Milk and Dairy foods

A moderate amount of these foods are needed in the diet

This group provides:

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A

This group is made up of milk, yoghurt and cheese

There are many varieties but try to choose the ones with lowest fat.

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Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans and other non-dairy source

A moderate amount of these are needed in the diet

This group provides:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins e.g. A, B, D
  • Minerals e.g. iron

Choosing a fish with soft, edible bones can increase your mineral intake e.g. calcium

Also, choosing lean meat and not adding fat whilst cooking will reduce the amount of fat in the diet

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Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar

Foods in this group are not necessary for a healthy diet, but can be enjoyed occasionally.These foods should be eaten in small amounts.

This group provides:

  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates (sugars)
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Composite foods

Much of the food people eat is in the form of dishes or meals rather than individual foods, e.g. pizzas, casseroles, lasagne and sandwiches

These are called compostite foods

Composite foods are made up from more than one food group from the eatwell plate


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