Good, Better, Best
Helping You Decide Where to Get the Best Sources of a Food Type, We Will Provide Our Breakdown of What is Good, Better and the Best
Read about Vitamin C and fibre and learn which foods are best for you and why. Why not try one of our healthy recipes too.
Note: It is important to maintain a balanced diet and the two keys to a healthy balanced diet are:
- Eating the right quantity of food for how active you are
- Eat a range of healthy foods including fruit, vegetables, wholegrain carbohydrates, low fat diary food and lean sources of protein
- Minimise foods high in fat or sugar
Good – Fresh Fruit Salad (67 Calories)
Full of vitamins yet low in calories. A good choice but beware a lack of carbohydrate and high GI will soon leave you hungry. No protein content means this isn’t a balanced meal
Better – Weetabix with milk (197 Calories)
Low in sugar until milk is added. Not as much fibre as some cereals, but quickly becomes a more complete meal by adding fruit
Best – Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon (185 Calories)
Nutrient full from eggs and salmon. A balanced meal with essential omega 3 fats
Calories in Alcohol
Good – Premium Lager (5% ABV)
250 Calories & 3 Units
Better – Small (175ml) Glass of Wine
120 Calories & 2 Units
Best – Single (25ml) Spirit
55 Calories & 1 Unit
Good – Cucumber 0.5g
Better – Rhubarb 1.8g
Best – Asparagus 2.1g
How much fibre do I need?
As part of a healthy diet it is recommended to have at least 18g fibre per day
Some of the health benefits include:
- Aids weight loss
- Promotes regular bowel movement
- Improved absorption of vitamins and minerals
- Reduces risk of cancer as it contains antioxidants
- Reduces cholesterol so aids a healthy heart
- Is all fibre the same?
No – there are 2 different forms, both of which are good for you
- Soluble fibre – soft fibre that dissolves in water. This lowers blood sugar levels and reduces cholesterol
- Insoluble fibre – does not dissolve in water and aids digestion and reduces cancer risks
Good – Orange Juice (Tropicana Smooth)
110 Calories per 240ml & 22g sugar
Better – Fizzy Orange (Fanta)
92 Calories per 330ml & 22.8g sugar
Best – Orange Squash (Robinson’s no added sugar)
8 Calories per 240ml serving & 0.6g sugar
So is a soft drink healthier than fruit juice?
Diet drinks have fewer calories. However, fruit juice provides additional benefits like vitamins and micronutrients that may not be in a fizzy drink. Be careful as some contain stimulants like caffeine
Doesn’t fruit juice contain natural sugar?
Whilst this is true, the calories from excessive sugar intake may result in weight gain.
Good – Spinach 28mg/per 100g raw vegetable
Better – Cauliflower 46mg/per 100g raw vegetable
Best – Broccoli 89mg/per 100g raw vegetable
Why does Vitamin C protect your body?
- As an antioxidant it helps to protect cells and keep them healthy
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- Lowers low-density lioproteins (LDL) cholesterol to protect your heart
- Strengthens immune system
- Maintains healthy connective tissue