Diet and Health

There are lots of factors which interact and constitute a foundation for good health and wellbeing. Diet is one of these factors.

To give yourself the best possible chances of feeling well and managing to keep up with your studies and your leisure time, you need to top up regularly with good food. Food is at its best when it nourishes you and you can enjoy it as well.

Eating well is all a matter of balance. What we eat, how much we eat and how often we eat are all aspects which affect our health in both the short and the long term. To ensure good health, it’s also important that we try to balance our intake of food with the amount of physical activity we do.

Our bodies need energy and nutrition, which we get from carbohydrates, fat and protein, as well as vitamins and minerals.

By regularly eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and two or three snacks, you have every chance of getting all the energy and nutrition you need for an entire day.

You’ll find it easier to concentrate, you’ll feel less tired, and if you eat regularly you’ll usually be less inclined to graze.

A good day might look like this

Breakfast: Fil (a type of Swedish yoghurt) with muesli or porridge with milk, and a sandwich with a good filling and a fruit.

Snack: Fruit and/or a sandwich with a good filling and vegetables. Coffee or tea.

Lunch and dinner: built up around three different food groups.

  1. Potatoes, pasta, rice or an equivalent food.
  2. Vegetables, root vegetables.
  3. Meat, fish, eggs or a vegetarian alternative, e.g. lentils.

It’s best to choose water or milk to drink with your meal. Supplement every meal with bread and fruit.

The types of food we choose are very significant to our health.

Five pieces of advice to promote good eating habits

  1. Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, ideally 500 grams a day
  2. Eat fish often – preferably 3 times a week
  3. Eat bread with every meal – preferably wholegrain
  4. Use liquid margarine or cooking oil when you cook
  5. Choose foods bearing the keyhole label (goods bearing the keyhole label contain less sugar, fat and salt and often contain more fibre).

We need food and drink to ensure we stay healthy and prevent disease. But food isn’t just a good form of nutrition – it’s also important for a range of other reasons. Traditions are good, an important part of life. You can create your own traditions with regard to celebrations or even just plain old Fridays.

Getting together with friends and/or family over a meal can give a feeling of togetherness and occasion, and are also factors for promoting health.


Page Editor: Annica Höglund

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Related Information

National Food Agency