The Australian Dietary Guidelines (NHMRC 2003) to provide recommendations about healthy eating and physical activity. The recommendations are summarised below:
Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods:
- Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits
- Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain
- Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives
- Include milk, yogurts, cheeses and/or alternatives. Reduced-fat varieties should be chosen where possible
- Drink plenty of water
And take care to:
- Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake
- Choose foods low in salt
- Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink
- Consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars
Prevent weight gain: be physically active and eat according to your energy needs
Care for your food: prepare and store it safely
Encourage and support breastfeeding.
There are also specific recommendations for children and adolescents and older Australians.
For individual dietary advice please speak with a healthcare professional such as your doctor or an Accredited Practising Dietitian.