Looking for general information on healthy eating? These resources cover many topics about the basics of healthy eating and how to incorporate them into your daily living.
Learn how antioxidants can help keep you healthy and help prevent some chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Finding time to eat together has nutrition, health, social and mental benefits. Here are some tips and strategies to get you and your family eating together.
Everyone needs to eat some fat to stay healthy. Dietary fats give you energy and help you absorb vitamins from foods.
Fibre helps your bowel stay regular and healthy, lower blood cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. The amount of fibre you need varies depending on your age and gender. Learn how much dietary fibre to aim for each day and about food sources of fibre.
Foods and Beverages
For snack ideas for adults, and information on the safety of energy drinks for all ages, click on the links below.
- Caffeinated Energy Drinks (HealthLinkBC File #109)
- Healthy Snacks for Adults (HealthLinkBC File #68i)
Eating a variety of wholesome foods can help maintain health and prevent illness and disease. A plant-based diet is one of many ways you can meet your healthy eating goals. Food journaling is also a powerful tool to help you reach your healthy eating goals. To learn more, see Food Journaling: How to Keep Track of What You Eat and the Plant-based Diet Guidelines, below.
Planning meals in advance may seem like a lot of work, but it actually saves you time, helps you eat healthier and can even save you money. Learn how to start planning your meals.
Protein is needed to build and repair cells in muscle, skin and nails. It is also part of enzymes and hormones in your body. Learn about how much protein you need to eat each day and tips help you get enough.
Learn how to lower the amount of sodium (salt) you eat. This can help lower your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
Vitamins and Minerals
Your body needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. You can get most of these through your diet, however sometimes you may need to take a supplement. Learn about the amounts to aim for each day by clicking on the links below.
- Food Sources of Calcium and Vitamin D (HealthLinkBC File #68e)
- Food Sources of Vitamin K
- Folate and Your Health (HealthLinkBC File #68g)
- High Potassium Eating
- Iron and Your Health (HealthLinkBC File #68c)
- Iron in Foods (HealthLinkBC File #68d)
- Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Adults (HealthLinkBC File #68k)
- Quick Nutrition Check for Vitamin B12
Below are useful websites for finding information about healthy eating. If you are looking at other websites, see our guide on Finding Reliable Healthy Eating Information on the Internet.
Healthy Families BC
HealthyFamilies BC helps British Columbians manage their own health and reduce chronic disease. They focus on four key areas: healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, resources for parents and fostering healthy communities. The website provides practical tips on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices.
Better Together is a partnership between the BC Ministry of Health and BC Dairy Association. They provide recipes and ideas to help you enjoy cooking and eating together.
Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada serves Canadians by maintaining high professional standards and advocating for sound public policy that promotes health. They provide trusted, evidence-based nutrition information for both the public and Registered Dietitians. Learn more about healthy eating,how to assess your lifestyle and habits, and planning, shopping and cooking for your best health. You can also use their eaTracker to check your food and activity choices, analyze your recipes and plan your meals. Click on the links below for more information.
Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. They provide information on the daily recommendations for vitamins and minerals, making healthy food choices to meet nutrient needs and making healthier choices by using nutrition labelling information. Click on the links below for more information.
- Dietary Reference Intakes Tables
- Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
- Nutrition Labelling
- Nutrient Data (Canadian Nutrient File)
- Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods
- The Safe Use of Health Products for Weight Loss
This website is produced by the Government of Canada to improve the health of all Canadians. The food and nutrition section of this website provides information on food labels, food poisoning, food safety, healthy eating and sodium.