The food you choose to eat should provide the right mix of nutrients and energy. It should be high in vegetables and fruit (3 or more servings a day) and whole grains (2 to 3 servings daily). It should also include healthy sources of protein such as seafood, lean meats, eggs, beans, soy products, unsalted nuts and seeds.
UK officials have dismissed recent concerns that highly processed food, also known as ultra-processed food (UPF), is automatically unhealthy because of the way that it is made or its artificial ingredients.
The current way that the UK and most other countries assess the nutritional value of foods – which is generally by how much fat, salt, sugar and calories they contain – remains the best approach for achieving a healthy diet, said a panel of scientists at a press conference on 27 September.
They also warned …