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The Atkin's Diet
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2003 (80k)
Wonder cure’s, diets and secrets of youthful good looks have been around since Cleopatra credited bathing in assess milk as the secret to beauty. There Atkins’ is in a long line of “wonders”, (yet it must be said very profitable for the Atkins’ Foundation), diets to have hit the market in the last 50 years. click to download

A healthy guide for school lunches
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (96k)
Lunch is an important meal for children and should provide at least one third of a child’s daily nutrients to help them grow, learn and play. click to download

Love your body
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, (104k)
Did you know you grow faster during your teens than at any other time of life apart from when you were a baby? With all this growing and developing going on, is it any wonder that your body needs more food and nutrients at this time than you will ever need again? click to download

Chocolate: Facts and Fiction
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2005 (64k)
Most people enjoy chocolate and will indulge over Easter. It may taste good, but what about chocolates effect on health. Here are some facts about chocolate that you may not know. click to download

Fat Facts
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2003 (72k)
With all the attention on fat today you may be surprised to find that Fat isn't as evil as we may think. Instead, it is a very important nutrient which performs a whole range of functions and we can't actually live without it. Fat acts as a partner in our bodies and helps to transport vitamins for example vitamins A, D, E, and K. click to download

Fish for your heart
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2000 (696k)
Did you know that fish helps to prevent heart disease? Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Ireland, but people who eat fish can cut their risk of heart disease by up to 50% click to download

Fish for life
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, (280k)
Eating the right foods can help you to stay healthy, energetic and may help to prevent some diseases. You may be eating less now than you did when you were younger but you still need the same amount of nutrients. For this reason, it is important to make sure you eat a wide variety of foods and enjoy a balanced diet. click to download

Food labels – what do they mean?
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, (184k)
When it comes to clothes, labels are everything! When it comes to food, the story is quite similar. Consumer interest in food labeling is growing. Unfortunately a big barrier to reading food labels is that they are difficult to understand. Shoppers need to have the skills to decode the complicated jargon. click to download

Understanding Food Labelling
Food Safety Authority, 2005 (248k)
This leaflet outlines only the labelling requirements under the general labelling rules and the requirements according to the nutritional labelling rules. click to download

Food Pyramid
Health Promotion Unit, 2005 (480k)
Use the Food Pyramid to plan your healthy food choices every day and watch your portion size. click to download

Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2005 (88k)
Many athletes believe they need to take nutritional supplements to help with their training, to reduce illness and injury, and to help them perform better. Surveys among the sporting population indicate widespread usage of supplements even though there is little scientific evidence to support their use. click to download

Fast Fruit - the tasty way to snack
Health Promotion Unit, 2003 (248k)
To help get you on the right track for healthy eating, it’s essential that you eat FOUR OR MORE portions of fruit, vegetables and/or fruit juice every day of the week. click to download

Functional Food
Food Safety Authority, 2006 (304k)
A balanced and varied diet should provide sufficient nutrition for the average person and food, in all its forms, has traditionally been produced and marketed primarily for this purpose. However, an emerging category of food, termed “functional food” is routinely presented as possessing characteristics that can help achieve or maintain good health, in addition to providing basic nutrition. click to download

Genetically modified foods
Food Safety Authority, 2004 (1.2MB)
The debate surrounding genetically modified foods has left consumers confused and sceptical. click to download

Glycaemic Index and a Healthy Weight
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (80k)
Glycaemic Index is a measure of how high your blood sugar gets after eating a food. It was originally designed to help people with diabetes to make better food choices but research has found that it might be useful in helping people to get to and stay at a healthy weight. click to download

Good eating for a happy heart
Irish Heart Foundation, 2003 (208k)
Healthy eating is essential for good health. What you eat can either protect you or increase your chances of getting diseases like heart disease. This leaflet will give you tips for a healthy and enjoyable eating plan which is also good for your heart. click to download

Healthy eating for children
Health Promotion Unit, 2004 (480k)
The Food Pyramid is a fun way of teaching your children about the different food groups. click to download

More fruit and veg every day
Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (1.7MB)
One of the best things you can do to improve your health and keep your body a healthy weight, is to eat more fruit and vegetales. click to download

Healthy eating for children
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2003 (408k)
“Because children grow and develop rapidly they need to establish healthy eating habits in childhood which will stay with them forever and influence their chance of a healthier life.” click to download

Irradiated food
Food Safety Authority, 2006 (408k)
Irradiated food, In the current global economy much of our food is consumed at a time and place far from where it was produced. click to download

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (80k)
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is quite common with between 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 people affected. IBS is an upset in the natural rhythm of the bowel. When you swallow, the food is carried to your stomach and then on through the bowel on a wave of muscle that squeezes the food through. Imagine squeezing a raw sausage and you will get the idea. click to download

Food Labels – what do they mean?
Food Safety Authority, 2002 (160k)
What do they mean?The principal function of food labelling is to inform consumers of the properties of pre-packed food. The fundamental rule of the labelling of foodstuffs is that consumers should not be misled. click to download

The Facts on Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2005 (56k)
Glutamatic acid is a naturally occurring amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein and is found in nearly all foods especially dairy products, meat, fish and many vegetables. The body also produces large quantities of glutamatic acid and it is involved in many bodily functions. On cooking, fermentation or ripening glutamic acid is converted to glutamate and this gives food its special flavour, now considered to be a fifth taste called “Umani” roughly translated from Japanese to mean “deliciousness”. click to download

Novel Food
Food Safety Authority, 2005 (1MB)
This leaflet is intended as an information source that includes the definition of a novel food in the European Union, the pertinent legislation and the process for obtaining authorisation to place a novel food on the market. click to download

Omega 3s – Get into the Swim of It
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, (80k)
Omega 3 is a type of fat. Fat is either saturated or unsaturated. Unsaturated fat is divided into 2 subgroups i.e. Omega 3s and Omega 6s. Examples of Omega 3 fats are Decosahexanoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA). You can make these fats in your body but it is a slow process. click to download

Food and Nutrition for primary schools
Health Promotion Unit, 2005 (464k)
Good nutrition is essential for school children. They need to receive a sound understanding about why a variety of food is important for their optimum growth, development and health. They should be encouraged to have practical experience in preparing their own lunches and meals. click to download

Safe food to go
Food Safety Authority, 2004 (720k)
In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, more and more people are eating convenience food and “food to go”. Hot and cold meals are being served to hungry consumers on nearly every street as they go about their busy lives. click to download

Salt and Health
Food Safety Authority, 2005 (472k)
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke and related diseases is the single highest cause of death in Ireland, accounting for over two in five (approximately 41%) of all deaths. click to download

Salt and heart health
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (64k)
Very small amounts of salt are an important part of our diet. Salt is necessary for maintaining water balance, blood pressure and for healthy muscles and nerves. Research however, shows that we are eating much higher levels of salt than the body needs and this is a problem for health. Eating a diet high in salt can increase blood pressure levels, which in turn increases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke. click to download

Smart foods
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2005 (96k)
What students eat and drink in the run up to their exams can affect their performance. Whilst it is necessary to put in the ‘hours’ studying, taking the time to eat healthily, and getting fresh air and exercise are also very important preparations for a clear and focused mind. click to download

A guide to vegetarian eating
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (80k)
The trend towards vegetarianism is increasing in popularity particularly in younger age groups and women. It is estimated that between 5 -10 % of our population is following a vegetarian diet. A well planned vegetarian diet can be nutritionally balanced for both adults and children however it is very important not to simply avoid animal products but to substitute them with nutritious alternatives such as dairy foods, eggs, pulses ,nuts, seeds, and cereals. click to download

Women and Iron
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2003 (64k)
Women need iron more than men but that's hardly surprising as we are the stronger sex aren't we!? However studies are showing us that despite requiring approximately 1˝ times the iron requirement of men (Recommended daily allowance 14mg/day versus 10 mg /day) up to a third of women are consuming intakes less than this. click to download

Wellbeing at the workplace
Nutrition and Health Foundation, 2006 (220k)
The health of your staff is being constantly eroded by the lifestyle changes and recreational choices presented in the 21st century. Of greatest concern is the significant rise of obesity, with as many as one in five adults being affected. click to download

Nutrition and Health Foundation - Annual Review 5
Nutrition and Health Foundation, 2005 (1.5MB)
The Nutrition & Health Foundation (NHF) was launched in January 2005 as an industry-led body that provides consumers with evidence-based information on nutrition and physical activity, to enable them to make informed lifestyle choices. click to download

Detox Diet
Irish Nutrition and Dietic Institute, 2005 (96k)
Detox diets vary a huge amount in the different regimes they ask you to follow, what to eat, what not to eat and in some cases advising you to take various detoxifying agents. Detox Diets usually involve the avoidance of foods or food groups including wheat, dairy and alcohol as well as all processed foods in general. click to download

Fish for tots to teens
Irish Sea Fisheries Board, 2005 (280k)
As adults, most of us know about the health benefi ts of eating fi sh. We know that it is a low fat food that’s useful if we’re trying to lose weight and that it is rich in omega 3 fats, which help to protect against heart disease. When it comes to children, however, we don’t often think of fi sh as an important, healthy food that has special benefi ts for this age group. click to download

Guidlines for keeping a food diary
Irish Nutrition and Dietic Institute, 2005 (60k)
Fill in the diary as you eat – try not to wait until the evening or the next day before you fill it in. Write down everything you eat or drink, no matter how big or small. click to download

Food for Fitness
Irish Nutrition and Dietic Institute, 2005 (816k)
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition is essential to help you exercise at your best. A good diet will not turn an average athlete into a superstar, but a poor diet will prevent you from achieving your potential. click to download

Irish Nutrition and Dietic Institute, 2006 (60k)
Breast milk provides all the nourishment a baby needs for the first six months of life. Infant formula is a suitable alternative to breast milk and will also cater for your baby’s nutritional needs up to 6 months. click to download

Wholegrains as part of a healthier diet
Irish Nutrition and Dietic Institute, 2006 (104k)
It was previously thought that eating plenty of grains protected our health because grains are high in fibre. We now know that fibre is only a small part of the grain. Research is now showing that the whole grain is important for health, not just the fibre. click to download

FRUIT FOR HEALTH - Junior & Senior Infants
redbranch, 2006 (92K)
The lesson plan is designed to complement the physical health modules of the SPHE curriculum. click to download

FRUIT FOR HEALTH - Third & Fourth Class
redbranch, 2006 (604K)
The lesson plan is designed to complement the physical health modules of the SPHE curriculum. click to download

Healthy Lunchbox Guidelines
redbranch, 2006 (204K)
As parents we sometimes feel pressurised into filling our children’s lunchboxes with the latest gimmicky foods. Make no mistake, we are targeted in a big way by the food industry. click to download

redbranch, 2006 (152K)
Did you know that your body is two-thirds water? To put it another way, if your child weighs 40 kilos, around 26 kilos of them is…water! click to download

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