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How healthy is your diet?

For cancer prevention, experts recommend that we base our diet around nutritious plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, and pulses such as beans.

Why are these plant-based foods so important?

One reason is that they tend to be lower in ‘energy density’, meaning that they provide fewer calories but help to keep us feeling fuller for longer due to their fibre and water content. They also provide a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, as well as several phytochemicals - naturally occurring compounds in plants that have potentially health promoting effects.

How healthy is your diet? Try our quiz

How important are plant foods in your diet? Let's find out.

Please choose the answer that most closely represents what you actually do, or what you would be most likely to do, in each situation.

Breakfast is usually:

Thinking about the amount of meat in your diet, do you:

Meals and snacks:
  1. If you think about the meals and snacks you've eaten over the past week, your choices of plant foods (vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and pulses) have included:
  2. Less than 10 different kinds

You eat takeaways or fast foods:
  1. Almost every day

The number of portions of vegetables and fruits you have in a typical day is:
  1. One or less

Healthy food as part of a balanced diet

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Page last reviewed: February 2013
Page next due for review: February 2015
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