It is important we eat foods from each food group so that we get all the nutrients our body needs to be healthy.

The major nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. The table below outlines the main nutrients found in each food group.

Food GroupNutrients
Fruit and vegetablesVitamins, minerals, water and fibre
Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydratesCarbohydrates, fibre, calcium and B group vitamins
Oils and spreadsFat
Dairy and alternativesCalcium, fat, protein, Vitamin D and water
Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteinsProtein, fat, vitamin D and iron