Healthy Food for Life launched

Today the Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD,  launched Healthy Food for Life - new healthy eating guidelines and an updated Food Pyramid.

Healthy Food for Life updates the Food Pyramid and provides healthy eating guidelines for the general population. Key changes in the Food Pyramid include separation of the top shelf from the pyramid. Foods located on the top shelf are high in fat, sugar and salt. There are no recommended servings for these foods because they are not needed for good health.

Another change in the Food Pyramid is an increase in the recommended servings of fruit, vegetables and salads from 5 servings per day to 5-7 servings per day. This makes fruits, vegetables and salads the largest shelf on the food pyramid. Fruits and vegetables should be the base of a meal.

The wholemeal cereals and breads, potatoes, pasta and rice shelf has also changed from the previous version. The recommendation is based on age, gender, activity levels and weight. The recommended serving from this shelf is 3-5 servings per day, except for teenage boys and males aged 19 to 50 who are recommended to have up to 7 servings from this shelf.

The Food Pyramid also provides practical guidance on portion sizes and suggested meal plans.

 

Posted: 06/12/2016 14:35:53 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Food pyramid, Nutrition


 

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