Nutrition & Women’s Health

Women have unique nutritional needs. Different nutrients are important through the different stages of a woman’s life: teenage years, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Certain nutrients are important in teenage girls as they begin menstruation, especially iron [1] . Daly et al found that up to 9% of Irish teenage girls may be deficient in iron.Continue reading “Nutrition & Women’s Health”

Heart Health

Summary More than 5,000 people in Ireland die from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) each year Making different lifestyle choices may reduce your risk Dietary factors are a major contributor to increased risk There is no better month for Valentine’s Day to fall than February which is heart health awareness month. With hearts surrounding us onContinue reading “Heart Health”

The Good, The Fad And The Ugly

Summary Fad diets can be tempting as they offer short term solutions to a complex problem. However, they can lead to nutritional inadequacies such as energy and nutrient deficiencies.   Claims that sound too good to be true probably are.  Good nutrition is about healthy sustainable dietary behaviour. Make healthier choices, eat a nutritionally balancedContinue reading “The Good, The Fad And The Ugly”

Nutrition & Immunity

The immune system is what protects us from infection and informs the body’s response to injury. It is very complex and many different parts of the body are involved including the skin, bone marrow, lymphatic system and mucous membranes. Many factors affect our immune function including age, gender, genetics, stress, smoking, exercise, vaccination and infectionContinue reading “Nutrition & Immunity”

Top Nutrition Trends

What are the food and nutrition trends likely to drive sales in 2022? Proactive Health Proactive health was an emerging trend even before the global pandemic, but its importance has certainly been emphasised. The notion of eating for health has been around for a while. Consumers are well aware of the potential to improve health through diet, and this isContinue reading “Top Nutrition Trends”

Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

Summary Good nutrition and a healthful diet are particularly important for maintaining health as we age Consume a moderate amount (20 – 30g) of high-quality protein with each meal to help make new cells, keep your muscles healthy, support mood and cognitive function Keep your bones healthy by having 3 servings of calcium-rich food suchContinue reading “Nutrition for Healthy Ageing”

Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing

There are many factors that can affect our mental wellbeing. The food choices we make are one element that can have an impact on how we feel. Below are some dietary measures that may have a positive effect on mental wellbeing. Stay Hydrated Many of us go through life feeling our energy and focus dipContinue reading “Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing”