Australian Dietary Guidelines: Recommended daily intakes
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the number of ‘standard serves’ we should consume from the five core food groups each day, for a nutritious and balanced diet.
The recommended intakes are an average to aim for each day. While it is normal to eat more of some foods on some days, and less on other days, what matters most is that you eat as close to these amounts as possible. This will ensure you’re getting an adequate amount of energy and nutrients in your overall diet.
Visit www.eatforhealth.gov.au for further information on the Australian Dietary Guidelines and recommended intakes.
Recommended daily intakes
Recommended average number of standard serves per day
* Additional serves are allowed for taller or more active people. Nutrition Australia encourages people to choose additional extra serves from the five core food groups, and to limit serves of ‘discretionary foods’ to a maximum of one serve per day (approx. 600kJ).
The Guidelines also include a daily allowance for additional unsaturated fats from spreads, oils, nuts or seeds:
|Age and gender||Daily allowance for additional unsaturated fats|
(Nut pastes are recommended instead of whole nuts and seeds
because of the potential choking risk).
|Men under 70||28-40g|
|Women under 70||14-20g|
The key to a balanced diet is to enjoy a variety of foods from the five core food groups, and to limit your intake of foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.
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