Over the past two decades the National Health and Medical Research Council has developed and disseminated guidelines providing dietary advice for Australians. The guidelines seek to promote the potential benefits of healthy eating, to reduce the risk of diet-related disease and improve the community’s health and wellbeing.
The Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults are:
Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods:
and take care to:
- 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 milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives. Reduced-fat varieties should be chosen, where possible,
- drink plenty of water,
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.
These guidelines are not in order of importance. Each one deals with an issue that is key to optimal health.
(Source: Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, 2003, NHMRC)
- limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake,
- choose foods low in salt,
- limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink, and
- consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars.