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How to eat less sometimes foods

'Sometimes foods' are high in saturated fat, added salt, added sugar and/or alcohol, and are not an essential part of a healthy diet. Sometimes foods can help contribute to the overall enjoyment of eating, often as part of social activities and celebrations, however, if chosen, should only be eaten sometimes (not every day), and in small amounts.

Sometimes foods lack the essential nutrients (like protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals) our body needs to help us go about our day with ease and energy. Eating too many sometimes foods or eating them too often, can lead to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, tooth decay and certain cancers.

Most of us try to eat healthier, however with so many sometimes food available where we live, learn, work and play, it can make it harder to eat a healthy diet. In fact, on average, Australians get around 36% of their daily energy intake from sometimes foods and drinks.

Start by making just one change a week, and build up from there.

Sometimes foods include:

  • sweet biscuits, cakes, desserts, muffins and pastries
  • muesli bars
  • savoury biscuits and crackers
  • processed meats such as ham, bacon, corned beef, salami, mettwurst, fritz, sausages, and frankfurts
  • ice-cream and ice confections
  • confectionary such as lollies and chocolate
  • savoury pastries and pies
  • take-away burgers, pizza, fried foods and chips
  • crisps, potato chips and other fatty and/or salty snack foods
  • cream, butter and spreads
  • sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, soft drinks, cordials and energy drinks.

For information about the Five Food Groups, sometimes foods and how much you need to eat to be healthy, visit the Eat for Health website or seek advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

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