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New healthy eating and food pyramid guidelines launched for Ireland

6 December 2016

New healthy eating and food pyramid guidelines launched for Ireland

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, today launched “Healthy Food for Life”, the new Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid under the aegis of Healthy Ireland.  Healthy Food for Life provides a suite of national healthy eating guidelines for the general population. Their aim is to provide a balanced diet which is crucial in maintaining a healthy weight as well as encouraging positive lifestyles generally.  The key messages are:

  • Limit high fat, sugar and salt foods from the top shelf of the Pyramid to no more than once or twice a week
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables, up to 7 servings a day. This is now the largest shelf of the Pyramid
  • Use the Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes. Portion size matters for counting calories
  • Guidance for losing weight and for individuals who are not physically active

In addition, the guidelines now include daily meal plans for children and adults as well as a range of information sheets on different parts of the food Pyramid.

 

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