The five food groups
The Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs) group healthy foods into five food groups while the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) is a visual food selection guide. Each segment of the circle shows the proportion of each food group to eat in order to have a balanced diet every day. If you eat a variety of food from the five food groups, in the recommended amounts, you are likely to get all the nutrients you need.
The five food groups are:
- vegetables and legumes/beans
- grain (cereal) foods
- milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives
- lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans.
Foods in the five food groups should make up the majority of your diet.
Sometimes foods and drinks
The AGHE recommends limiting discretionary (or ‘sometimes’) foods and drinks. Sometimes foods and drinks do not fit into the five food groups. They are high in kilojoules, saturated fat, added sugars, salt and/or alcohol and are not an essential part of a healthy diet. If you choose to include sometimes foods and drinks, enjoy them sometimes and in small amounts.
Find out more about sometimes foods and drinks.