The science of nutrition and healthy eating
The science of nutrition and healthy eating

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The science of nutrition and healthy eating

3 How much should you drink?

Current guidelines in the Eatwell Guide are six to eight glasses of fluid daily. This equates to 2000 ml for men and 1600 ml for women from drinks alone. This includes children 14 years old and above. Don’t forget that 20–30% of your fluid intake is from food.

Figure 3 shows some average amounts in different containers.

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Figure 3 Examples of fluid measures.

What are the average measures for the containers you use? Make a note as this will help you monitor how much you drink throughout the day.

Activity 3 Daily intake

Allow approximately 20 minutes.

Keep a two-day diary, so that you can average what your daily intake is.

Are there particular times you tend to drink more or less? Do you drink with food?

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Is it thirst or habit that makes you drink?

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What is your style of drinking – gulping or sipping?

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Is it enough?

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What colour is your urine related to how much you drink?

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You will look at the types of drinks later, so just consider how much you are drinking for now.

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