Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

The Australian Dietary Guidelines is accompanied by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating: A visual representation of the five food groups recommended for daily consumption.1

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a practical guide that assists individuals to choose foods and serve sizes necessary for a healthy diet. Foods are grouped together if they are similar in the nutrients they provide, for example the milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced-fat) food group provides calcium and protein.

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating also advises discretionary foods should be limited. Discretionary foods are ‘extra’ foods or foods that do not form one of the five food groups. It is advised that these foods should be limited as they are generally energy-dense and nutrient poor. Examples of discretionary foods include sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks), confectionary, chocolate and other snack foods and alcohol.

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1 National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Guide to Healthy Eating [Internet]. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2013. Available: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines/australian-guide-healthy-eating