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Healthy food - a guide for seafarers

Make healthy choices at mealtimes to help prevent diseases and improve your overall health.

It is vital that you look after your own health and wellbeing at sea and ashore. Where possible, you should try to make healthy, nutritious food choices and ensure a balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre, vitamins and minerals with minimum levels of salt, fat and sugar.

Proper nutrition, along with adequate rest and sleep, regular exercise and good hygiene help to prevent diseases and improve health overall.

This guide encourages seafarers to look after their own health and provides information on proper nutrition relevant to the seafarers' work life. This includes information on essential vitamins, the importance of a healthy breakfast and drinking enough fluids, as well as the types of food to avoid.