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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of the term healthy in terms of healthy food?

Susan Alderman, United Kingdom

Nutrition professionals usually do not use the term “healthy foods” because the fact that a food is healthy or not will very much depend on how much we eat of it how often, what our nutritional needs are, what else we eat in the diet.. There is no single complete food that provides all the nutrients we need, so including a variety of different foods (vegetables, whole grains, fruits, dairy products, legumes, lean meats, poultry and fish and enough fluids like water) and watching portion sizes is key to a healthy diet.

Healthy eating and lifestyle are important to how we feel, look and how much we enjoy life. Eating a healthy diet will reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, obesity or diabetes.


The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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This site was last updated 26/05/2016
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