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Healthy Eating

  1. Healthy eating has many benefits that include more energy, better concentration, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, a reduced risk of many illnesses, and it is much better for the environment.
  2. A healthy diet consists mainly of plant foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes (e.g. beans, lentils, chickpeas), whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  3. Foods are more nutritious when they are closer to their natural state (e.g. whole grains as compared to refined grains); so include many whole foods in your diet and avoid highly processed foods.
  4. There are practical  guidelines to help people make healthy food choices, including Canada’s Food Guide, My Plate, the Vegetarian and Vegan Diet Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate.
  5. Tasty, healthy meals and snacks can be prepared in little time and at low cost


Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to enhance and maintain optimal health.     

This section summarizes the most important information you need to know about healthy eating.  Consult the "For Those Who Want to Know More" section below for additional information.  



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