Up to 25% off hundreds of healthy foods at Ocado
This is just one more of the many ways you can save on positive lifestyle choices when you join us. To give you an idea of what we mean by healthy food, as well as some useful nutritional tips, we’ve prepared a brief guide to our Ocado benefit.
Why we’ve introduced the healthy food benefit
As part of our aim to help members achieve a 30% cut in their sodium and sugar intake by 2018, while also increasing their fruit and vegetable intake by 30% over the same period, we’re making it easier and cheaper to make healthier eating choices.
How we choose which healthy foods to include
Based on what is generally considered to be a healthy diet, we choose options from all the food groups listed below to help you achieve a good nutritional balance. We also regularly review which foods qualify as healthy, based on the latest scientific research and industry developments.
What are healthy foods?
A healthy diet is generally defined as including fruit, vegetables, moderate quantities of fibre-rich whole grains, fat-free dairy, a variety of protein-rich foods and certain healthy fats.
We’ve listed what’s in each food group below and chosen what we consider to be the healthiest options within each food group to qualify for a discount. You can also view all eligible healthy food on the Ocado website by ticking the ‘Vitality healthy food’ filter on the left hand side of the page.
If something isn’t classified as a ‘Vitality healthy food’, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unhealthy. It may still have an important role to play in a healthy, balanced diet, depending on your age, health status and exercise habits.
Healthy food groups
Our healthy food list includes all whole fresh, frozen and dried vegetables and herbs, as well as all unseasoned, raw, chopped and sliced vegetables and herbs. Our healthy food list also includes some unflavoured, unseasoned canned vegetables with no added salt.
The list doesn’t include fresh, frozen and dried vegetables and herbs with added spices, seasoning, flavouring, fat, oil or sauces.
Our healthy food list includes all whole fresh and certain frozen, canned and dried fruit. It also includes plain, raw, cut or sliced fresh fruit, as long as it doesn’t include any added sugar, flavouring or other ingredients.
Protein is a key element of a balanced diet. It provides the amino acids needed for various bodily functions. To limit your intake of saturated fat, You should prioritise healthier protein options such as fish (especially oily fish), seafood, tofu, eggs, skinless lean chicken and turkey.
A good source of high-quality protein and B vitamins. The healthy food list includes all whole, uncooked eggs.
Soya bean curd (tofu) is a good source of calcium and protein. All, raw, unseasoned and unflavoured tofu is included in the healthy food benefit.
The healthy food list includes all raw, unseasoned and unflavoured seafood. It doesn’t include all seafood in sauces, crumbs, batter, cooked or pre-prepared meals as well as flavoured and processed seafood products.
You should prioritise monounsaturated fats, especially if you’re at risk of coronary heart disease. Oils rich in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, are also a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. For these reasons, the healthy food list includes olive oil, canola oil and avocado oil.
Nuts and seeds are good sources of unsaturated fats, fibre and phytonutrients. Therefore, the healthy food list includes all unsalted, unseasoned, unflavoured and raw nuts. It doesn’t include salted, seasoned, flavoured or nuts roasted in oil.
The healthy food list includes all seeds as long as they’re not salted, flavoured, seasoned or roasted in oil.
Our healthy eating tips
- Choose whole grains such as buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, rolled oats, popcorn, brown or wild rice, whole-grain barley, whole rye, and whole wheat.
- Eat plenty of whole vegetables in a variety of colours every day.
- Eat fresh fruit in a variety of colours every day.
- Eat beans, split peas, lentils and chickpeas regularly.
- Eat fish, seafood, chicken, lean meat or eggs daily. Choose oily fish such as pilchards, sardines, salmon and trout.
- Drink or eat low-fat or fat-free unflavoured milk and yoghurt every day.
- Include healthy/unsaturated fats and oils in your diet every day.
- Control your portion sizes.
- Use salt sparingly and exclude foods high in salt.
- Restrict or exclude sugary drinks (including fruit juice) and foods high in sugar.
If you’re on a Business Healthcare or Corporate Healthcare plan, you’ll need to have Vitality Plus included on your plan to get this benefit.
The healthy food benefit is not supposed to replace any recommendations made by medical or nutrition experts, particularly those relating to any medical conditions.
Products selected for the healthy food benefit represent the best choices within each food group, and, when eaten in the recommended quantities, will all form part of a healthy balanced diet.
No collaborations were formed with suppliers or manufacturers and items were chosen based on the evidence-based criteria, independently of the brand they represented. Products are subject to seasonal and supplier availability.
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