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8 tips for healthy eating
The Eatwell Guide
Food labelling terms
Reference intakes on food labels
Starchy foods and carbohydrates
Dairy and alternatives
Meat in your diet
Fish and shellfish
The healthy way to eat eggs
Beans and pulses
Water, drinks and your health
Eating processed foods
5 A Day portion sizes
5 A Day recipes
5 A Day tips
5 A Day and your family
5 A Day on the go
5 A Day on a budget
5 A Day FAQs
School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme
Salt: the facts
Sugar: the facts
Top sources of added sugar
What does 100 calories look like?
Red meat and the risk of bowel cancer
What is a Mediterranean diet?
How to store food and leftovers
How to prevent food poisoning
What to do with raw chicken
How to wash fruit and vegetables
The truth about sweeteners
Sprouted seeds safety advice
Surprising 100-calorie snacks
Chilli con carne
Easy Italian chicken
Hearty vegetable soup
Mediterranean beef pasta
Tomato pasta sauce
To ensure you have a balanced and varied diet, read our advice on healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans.
To have a healthy, balanced diet which includes all the nutrients your body needs, make sure you eat a wide variety of foods.
Vegetarians and vegans eat a diet of:
Vegetarians (but not vegans) also eat:
Vegetarians and vegans don't eat:
In addition, vegans don't eat eggs and dairy products.
Some people who call themselves vegetarians may eat different combinations of these foods. For example, some may consume milk but not eggs, while some may eat fish but not meat.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs. This is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
Lacto vegetarians eat dairy products, but not eggs.
Ovo vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy products.
Vegans don't eat dairy products, eggs or any other animal product.
A vegetarian or vegan diet can be suitable for everyone, regardless of their age. However, you may need to consider specific needs at different stages of life – for example, if you're pregnant.
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