Simply, a balanced diet is one which includes a sufficient variety of foods and drinks, in appropriate amounts, to provide the energy and nutrients needed for health. Key nutrients are vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and all of these have numerous important roles in the body. A healthy balanced diet is also one which allows a person to maintain a healthy weight.
There are various recommendations for and models of balanced diets. Canada's food guide recommends that half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruit, a quarter of the plate with protein, including fish, and the other quarter with whole grains such as whole grain pasta or brown rice.
Within this, there is general advice to eat a wide variety of foods, to maximize the range of nutrients you consume. Of particular importance to us at Findus is the very special role of fish in a balanced diet.