Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines (the Guidelines) provide advice about the amounts and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. By following the Guidelines, we will reduce our risk of chronic health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. We may also feel better, look better, enjoy life more and live longer!

Guideline 1 – To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs

Guideline 2 – Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five food groups every day:

  • Plenty of vegetables, including different types and colours, and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat (reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years)
  • And drink plenty of water

Guideline 3 – Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol

Guideline 4 – Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding

Guideline 5 – Care for your food; prepare and store it safely