2.8.1  Helping families to have good balanced diet

The best way to help individuals in your community prepare a balanced diet is to learn which foods people use, the amount of different foods available, and how they prepare their meals. Then you can decide if people need help or further support or information to improve the balance of things they eat.

Fat and added sugars come mostly from fats, oils and sweets, but can be part of or added to food from the other food groups as well.

Figure 2.3 shows a food pyramid. It helps us identify the food groups people should combine in order to make a balanced diet. The food groups at the top of the pyramid should be eaten in moderation (small amount) but food groups at the bottom of the pyramid should be eaten in larger amounts.

Food pyramid
Figure 2.3  Food pyramid

2.8  A balanced diet

2.8.2  The mixture of foods to use