The eatwell plate

31 March 2013


The eatwell plate shows the different types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well balanced and healthy diet.  

It's a good idea to try to get this balance right every day, but you don't need to do it at every meal. And you might find it easier to get the balance right over a longer period, say a week.



Eating healthily is about about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. In England, most adults are either overweight or obese. This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight.

You should try to eat:

Plenty of fruit and vegetables
Did you know that we should be eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day.

Plenty of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta
and other starchy foods

Choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can, or eat potatoes with their skins on for more fibre.

Some milk and dairy foods

Some meat, fish, eggs, beans
and other non-dairy sources of protein

Just a small amount of foods and drinks
high in fat and/or sugar

Is the eatwell plate for me?

The eatwell plate applies to most people – whether they're a healthy weight or overweight, whether they eat meat or are vegetarian, and no matter what their ethnic origin.

However, it doesn't apply to children under the age of two because they have different nutritional needs. Between the ages of two and five, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown on the eatwell plate. 

Anyone with special dietary requirements or medical needs might want to check with a registered dietitian whether the eatwell plate applies to them.