Good nutrition can reduce your chance of developing cancer, as well as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other serious illness.
Choosing healthy food also helps you to stay in a healthy weight range for your height. Eating more than you need can lead to obesity and a range of health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
We now know that eating well can help to protect against a number of cancers, however there is no single food that can protect against cancer, therefore a wide variety of healthy food is recommended.
What makes a healthy diet?
Eating well means enjoying a wide variety of foods and drinks from the five main food groups, and knowing what to limit or avoid. Cancer Council WA supports recommendations in The Australian Dietary Guidelines (developed by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing).
Information on the different food groups, including recommended number of serves, serving sizes and tips about how to include more or less of particular foods to help you enjoy a healthier diet, is available via the following links:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Wholegrain foods
- Meat and meat alternatives
- Dairy foods
- Junk foods and sugary drinks
Other nutrients to consider when selecting a healthy diet include:
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Visit our nutrition campaigns and programs page for more tips on improving your nutrition.