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A balanced diet is required for healthy living - but what foods are needed for you to have a balanced diet? There are seven essential substances for a healthy diet - carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water; several are usually present in any food substance which can make it difficult to eat the right amounts of each substance.
Do all people have to eat the same foods?
Do they need the same amount of food?
Getting your diet and exercise balance just right so that you stay healthy is a challenge we all face. And many people don't get the balance right - they end up by being overweight, or undernourished and may suffer from heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or other 'lifestyle' diseases.
There are seven essential substances for a healthy diet.