Readers Answer: What are the least separate foods you can eat and still follow a healthy, balanced diet? | food

What are the fewest separate foods you can eat with a healthy, balanced diet? Nancy Bamber, Ottawa

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pulses. You can probably live healthy for several months on one or two of them. Ditto the fish. eamonmcc

quite. One will die without a pulse. llama

Pasta bowl and Angel Delight, washed down with copious pints of chilled Whisper. Moynihan 16

I’ve heard that Guinness and sardines in tomato sauce contain a whole bunch of vitamins and nutrients, but it would be a lonely life unfortunately. HARRITH HOOK

Definitely artichoke. Protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals. Add butter and lemon for vitamin C and umami. Kira mango

In the ’80s, when I was a young mother of four under the age of five, I read in Penelope Leach’s excellent book that beans on toast, an apple and a glass of milk were a perfectly balanced diet. On Friday, I took care of four grandchildren aged five and under, and that’s what they had for tea. Dormer

Fish and chips. Ask the coastal Britons, Portuguese, North Germans, Norman French, Dutch, etc. Of course, that if you really have to, what’s the exercise in, right? Potatoes for just about everything, fish for the rest. You will likely have to peel the fish bones a bit, or else it may be a little low in calcium. However, at least your stool won’t turn white in the sun – or will it? Option

Potatoes and milk with iron supplement. Karen Wally

You should get one egg a day. All you need is l’oeuf and un oeuf as good as a fiesta (although if you fancy something vegan, don’t let pomme de terre you). Mobilepope

Scotch eggs – a “big meal,” remember? Tolling Wolf

Irish coffee. It contains four main food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. Abigeljum

As a healthcare professional, I was alarmed by a patient I saw who only ate Weetabix with whole milk. A dietician friend of mine reassured me that they could control this diet for a while: Cereals give you carbs and fiber, plus they’re fortified with vitamins, and milk gives you fat and protein. Ichiri

My friend Mike claimed to have lived on orange and mars bars in his Bachelor days. galerita

That is why he was celibate. RHConnon

Rice and beans. all essential amino acids; Lots of fiber and vitamins. carbohydrates for energy. Many people all over the world have this as the basis of their diet. Jordan means

Of course, what counts as a healthy diet will depend on an individual’s physiology, genetics, psychology, sociocultural context and needs, but if we were to create a simple diet that would work for most people – it would be a diet of very little variety. Suboptimal for the microbiome, so perhaps it would be impossible to call it completely healthy – then one might prioritize fats and proteins over carbohydrates, as they are essential in the synthesis of all types of tissues, hormones and almost all biological molecules, and provide sufficient energy.

Next would be getting the best micronutrients from the densest sources possible, including things like choline in egg yolks, which are often overlooked.

I think it will look like this: eggs with yolk, wild salmon, liver, turnip and berries. This pretty much covers all micronutrient and macronutrient needs.

The “Just Eat That Pulse” brigade is missing out on vitamin B12, fat, and a full range of amino acids, to say the least. I think they confuse “healthy and balanced” with “cheap and vegan”. BenjiFM

Plain yogurt! Or other sources of probiotics – sauerkraut, kimchi. Makes B vitamins and vitamin K. It is probably the single most important food one can eat. J

Three foods: oatmeal, berries and sweet potatoes. Rebecca Willis

corn. pumpkin. Bean. This is it. Barred0wl

Dark bread, tomato, milk. Kristen Hrikowski

The only food that is completely nutritionally balanced for humans is breast milk. CaressOfSteel

It is nutritionally balanced for children only. shadyash

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