Sunday, February 5, 2017

06/02/2017: The new food pyramid in Ireland: why has fish been ignored?

by Ioannis Zabetakis

In Ireland, the Department of Health keeps dietary recommendations under review as part of its role in promoting evidence-based public health
Ioannis Zabetakis

As part of this review, the new Healthy Food for Life – the Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid have been developed by the Department working in partnership with other experts in nutrition in Ireland and has been published early last December.

Healthy Food for Life is a toolkit, which includes a new Food Pyramid and guidance materials to help people make choices to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

The resources reflect best national and international evidence and advice.

The guidance applies for everyone from five years of age upwards.

It is rather regretful that my first op-Ed article for the New Year needs to be critical against some points of the new Food Pyramid.

Let me analyse where two big problems of the new pyramid exist. The first problem is around the grouping of fats and oils and the other one is grouping meat with fish.

In detail: Fats and oils: according to the new version of the Food Pyramid in Ireland, all fats, spreads and oils are grouped in the same group. In other words, the nutritional value of rapeseed, olive, canola, sunflower and corn oils is the same as spreads, mayonnaise and salad dressings! This is a grave scientific mistake.

Read more HERE.

Read the full article HERE.

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