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Foods for life: The seven ages of eating

Tuesday 13th February 2018 - Lynne Caffrey - Irish Independent

As our bodies grow and age, it is essential that the food we eat has all the nutrients we need to thrive, writes Lynne Caffrey. But who needs what, and when? Babies Public health experts have moved away from the blanket 'breast is best' message to reassure new mums that every breastfeed they... Read more →

Allergy or intolerance: What's the difference?

Friday 9th February 2018 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

There's an increasing trend towards using the terms 'intolerant' and 'allergic' as interchangeable - but the reality is that the two are very different things. A food allergy is an immune reaction to food proteins. Essentially a food protein, the allergen, causes the body's immune syste... Read more →

Get Supermarket Savvy

Wednesday 12th July 2017 - Irish Life Health - Irish Life Health

So there you are in the supermarket, doing your grocery shopping like every other week – and then it happens.Forget the carefully crafted shopping list, the healthy eating plan you’ve spent weeks building up to, and the knowledge that fat, carbs and high levels of sugar and salt are bad ... Read more →

Five surprising food myths that could be impacting your health and weight

Monday 6th March 2017 - Orla Walsh - Independent

Is organic food better for you? Are eggs bad for you? Finding out the truth about what's good for you is a minefield - so dietitian Orla Walsh separates the fact from the fiction. Myth 1: avoid foods that contain E numbers An E number is a reference number given to a food additive that h... Read more →

New food pyramid launched

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new food pyramid has been launched, which highlights the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables. According to the Department of Health, research over the last decade has shown that eating habits in Ireland ‘are not consistent with optimal health'. In an effort to tackle this, it has... Read more →

Less salt being used in processed foods

Monday 7th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There has been a significant reduction in the salt content of a number of food products available in Ireland, particularly processed meats, such as rashers and sausages, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said. It has published an update of its annual salt monitoring programme, which h... Read more →

Food businesses urged to use MenuCal

Friday 21st October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's 22,000 food service businesses are being urged to use MenuCal, an online tool which helps to identify allergens and calculate calories for menus. The tool, which is free to use, was developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Its research suggests that as many as 95% of cons... Read more →

Parents urged to give kids smaller portions

Wednesday 31st August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being urged to give their children child-sized portions at mealtimes. According to Safefood, there has been a major increase in food portion sizes over the last two decades and this is a key contributor to obesity rates among children. "It's well established that for adults, we eat mor... Read more →

Replace saturated fat with unsaturated

Friday 8th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A large study appears to confirm the long-held view that eating high amounts of saturated fat increases the risk of premature death. This US study is the most detailed investigation into the impact of dietary fats on health ever undertaken. According to the researchers, in recent years, there has b... Read more →

Junk food ads influence kids' eating habits

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children as young as eight describe junk food advertising as ‘tempting' and ‘addictive', with some admitting they could ‘lick the screen' when watching certain ads. According to a new report from Cancer Research UK, ads that use celebrities, funny voices and bright colours are cap... Read more →

Parents warned about rewarding kids with food

Wednesday 13th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents be warned - rewarding your little ones with food may lead to them becoming emotional eaters. According to UK researchers, parents who use very controlling feeding practices, such as using food for treats or rewards, could be unintentionally teaching their children to turn to food when they ... Read more →

Food labels should contain 'activity equivalent'

Friday 8th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Foods should be labeled with information on how much activity is needed to burn off the calories contained within, it has been suggested. According to Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health in the UK, providing people with an immediate link between what they are consu... Read more →

Food intolerance often confused with allergies

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Food allergies can have a big impact on quality of life, however many Irish people incorrectly think they have an allergy, when they actually have a food intolerance, a symposium in Dublin has been told. Speaking at the event, Dr Aideen Byrne, a specialist in paediatric allergies at Our Lady's Chil... Read more →

Wicklow could lead way with 'no-fry zone'

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Wicklow could lead the way for other counties in Ireland by creating a ‘no-fry zone' close to schools in order to protect children's health. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Obesity has made a submission as part of the public consultation process on the new Wicklow C... Read more →

Many foods have cut salt and fat content

Monday 1st February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some of Ireland's most popular food and drink products have had their fat, salt and calories significantly reduced in recent years, a new report has shown. The report from Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) used data on 600 products from 14 major food and drink companies, including Coca Cola Ir... Read more →

Children's food allergies related to immunosuppression

Friday 29th January 2016 - Yvette Brazier - Medical News Today

Scientists have found new evidence to explain how food tolerance emerges over time in normal individuals, according to research published in Science. Food allergies affect around 15 million Americans, including many children. Symptoms of allergies and intolerance can range from relatively minor, su... Read more →

Food companies are told: cut hidden sugar by 10pc before 2020

Thursday 28th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Food companies will be told today to cut the amount of hidden 'added sugars' in popular products by 10pc in the next four years. And they must reduce levels of saturated fat by 5pc by 2020 to help tackle rates of obesity. The targets are expected to be set by Health Minister Leo Varadkar... Read more →

Even the health-conscious eat too much 'hidden' sugar

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

An apparently healthy diet can conceal three times the amount of sugar a person should ideally consume each day - because so much is now hidden in everyday foods. The most unlikely savoury foods can contain several spoons of added sugar, while so-called "low fat" versions of products are often swee... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Dr Nina Byrnes - Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? Share ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or... Read more →

Many festive treats loaded with sugar

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish families are being encouraged to reduce their intake of sugar this Christmas. According to Diabetes Ireland, the average mince pie contains up to five-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar and many other festive treats, such as Christmas-themed drinks from coffee shops, are also very high in sugar. ... Read more →

Food allergies may not affect siblings

Friday 6th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Good news for parents. Just because one of your children has a food allergy does not automatically mean your other children will also be allergic. US researchers looked at 1,120 children, all of whom had a sibling with a documented food allergy. They found that 53% of the children had a food sensit... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Thursday 20th August 2015 - Dr Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is known as... Read more →

Why Popeye was wrong about spinach, and 9 other health food myths debunked

Thursday 20th August 2015 - Fiona Hunter - Irish Independent

Is agave syrup really better than sugar? Is sushi healthy? Nutritionist Fiona Hunter exposes the most popular myths about our diets 1. Agave syrup is better for you than sugar Fans of agave claim that it is better for you than sugar and other sweeteners because it has a low GI, which means i... Read more →

Hospital inspections to focus on food qaulity

Friday 24th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Public hospitals will undergo unannounced inspections to ensure that patients are being properly fed and hydrated, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. Inspection teams will assess whether patients are being provided with good quality meals and if they are being helped with... Read more →

Obese people 'unlikely' to reach normal weight

Monday 20th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

An obese man has only a one in 210 chance of ever achieving a normal weight again, while an obese woman has a one in 124 chance, a new study has found. UK researchers tracked the weight of almost 280,000 people between 2004 and 2014. They assessed the probability of obese people reaching a normal b... Read more →

Packaging key to kids' food choices

Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Children are more likely to reach for healthy foods if the packaging appeals to them, a new study has found. "The food industry has a lot of experience in using marketing effects to increase product sales amongst children. By comparison, there is very little knowledge about how such marketing effec... Read more →

Chocolate may be good for the heart

Wednesday 17th June 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

People who eat up to 100g of chocolate per day may have a lower risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at almost 21,000 adults taking part in an ongoing diet study. They also carried out a major review of all of the available published e... Read more →

'You cannot outrun a bad diet'

Thursday 23rd April 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

While exercise is essential for good health, it will not counteract the negative impact of a poor diet, experts have claimed. They insisted that nobody can outrun a bad diet, even athletes. According to the experts, while exercise has a key role in staving off diseases such as heart disease and di... Read more →

Schools still providing unhealthy foods

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Many secondary schools are continuing to offer their students unhealthy foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has claimed. It carried out a survey of 39 post-primary schools and found that over half (51%) offered their students non-chilled snacks, including sw... Read more →

Less treats and fizzy drinks for kids

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Parents in Ireland are giving their children less treat foods, less fizzy drinks and more water at mealtimes compared to a year ago, new research has found. The research was carried out by Safefood to coincide with the first completed year of its three-year campaign to tackle childhood obesity. It ... Read more →

World eating more unhealthy foods

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

The consumption of unhealthy foods, such as sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, is outpacing the consumption of healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, in most parts of the world, a major new study has found. This marks the first study to assess the quality of diet in 187 countries cov... Read more →

Irish need to cut down on portions

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Irish people need to cut down on the portion sizes of most foods they are eating, a new report has found. According to the report by Safefood, many consumers believe that portion sizes are only relevant to people who are dieting, and are not an issue at all for men or younger adults. Furthermore, ... Read more →

Calories on menus to be made law

Thursday 5th February 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

From next year, all food service outlets, including restaurants and takeaways, will be required to include the calorie details of their meals on their menus. Proposals to require this were approved at the Government's Cabinet meeting this week. When made into law, food outlets will have to display ... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - DR NINA BYRNES - http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/health

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it?   ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is ... Read more →

Junk food common in kids' TV

Friday 4th July 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

While regulations are now in place to limit the television advertising of unhealthy food and drinks to children, it appears that these products still have a starring role in TV programmes aimed at young people, a new Irish study has found. According to the findings, unhealthy food and drink product... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 - Dr. Nina Byrnes - Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is known as... Read more →

Some low-fat foods have more calories than full-fat

Friday 30th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

SOME low-fat supermarket products – several of which are on sale here – contain more calories than the food's ordinary full-fat version. Most low-fat products have a third fewer calories, yet one in 10 had more or the same calories than alternatives. A study which will be presented to ... Read more →

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