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Balanced diet

A diet which contains the correct amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals and fibre to provide your cells with the resources they need.

Energy challenge activity

What types of food provide the most energy?
How much energy does a banana give you? Enough to run 1500 metres?

Find out about the energy we get from the food we eat through this interactive activity.


Although the activities cover the energy content of 15 different types of food there is no implication intended to suggest these are all "healthy" options for a balanced diet. The activities will highlight the fact that some foods, which are rich in sugars or carbohydrates, contribute significantly to a day's energy requirements but does not aim to ensure that a good balance is maintained.