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How much can I eat?

The amount of food you can eat from each food group is determined by the amount of energy your body requires (your calorie requirement).

Due to the increasing confusion about the words portions and servings, we have decided to describe the amount of food you can eat in terms of units from each food group.

You can have more that one unit as a portion, for example a sandwich made up of two slices of bread would include two units from the bread, other cereals and potatoes group.

How much can I eat from each food group?

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Fruit and vegetables

Men & Women = at least 5 units each day. Please note: these are also called portions by the Government

What is a unit of fruit and vegetables?

Bread, other cereals and potatoes

Men = 8 units each day Women = 7 units each day

What is a unit of bread, other cereals and potatoes?

Meat, fish and alternatives

Men & Women = 2-3 units each day

What is a unit of meat, fish and alternatives?

Fatty and sugary foods

Men & Women = no more than 2 units each day

What is a unit of fatty and sugary foods?

Milk and dairy foods

3 units for men and women per day

What is a unit of milk and dairy foods ?

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