It’s OK to have foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt occasionally, but eating a lot of these foods can sometimes lead to health issues like high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, or heart disease.
A few examples of foods high in salt, fat, or sugar are meat pies, potato chips, chocolate, sweets/lollies, cookies or biscuits, deep fried foods, and fizzy drinks.
These foods can be included in a balanced diet in moderation. It’s important to remember that there's no such thing as good or bad food, but some foods have more nutritional value than others.
It might be helpful to think about how you could add an extra serving of vegetables or fruit to a meal. For example, adding a side of peas and broccoli to a meat pie for a quick and easy dinner.
When having takeaways, choose meals that include vegetables or salad
Many takeaways contain a lot of fat, salt and/or sugar. Some takeaways with less fat may include:
- kebabs or wraps with added salad
- pizza with added vegetables
- sushi (limit deep fried options)
- bento bowl/poke bowl with salad and vegetables added
- wedges or thicker chips
- rice/noodle dishes with plenty of vegetables.
You could also serve vegetables on the side with takeaway options at home, for example coleslaw or peas with fish and chips.
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For more information see our healthy eating and drinking section.