Prof Mary Flynn and Shane Jennings at the FSAI open meeting on food and fitness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Too much focus on body image, and misinformation about sports nutrition and diet, are having an unhealthy effect on young people, a conference in Dubl(...)

There is evidence that exposing infants to a wide range of tastes at an early stage will lead to healthier eating later in life. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Is this one of the worst wrong turns in the history of parenting advice?” was the rather dramatic introductory sentence in a New Scientist article la(...)

About 3% of people in Ireland suffer from some kind of food allergy, according to the FSAI.  Photograph: Getty Images

A new online tool will help some 22,000 food businesses in Ireland to identify and manage allergens on their menus. The website and mobile app develo(...)

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said it will examine the new World Health Organization (WHO) report that found processed meats cause cancer an(...)

The Food Safety Authority’s advice  is for 300g of red meat a week: a 100g portion three days a week. Picture: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Red and processed meats should not be treated as an everyday food, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Dr Mary Flynn, chief specialis(...)

Dr Mary Flynn, the Food Safety Authority’s chief specialist in public health nutrition, says it’s not completely our own fault if we overeat. She says we are surrounded by treats and unhealthy foods, everywhere we look. Photograph: Thinkstock

We all talk about being addicted to foods such as chocolate or crisps but does food addiction actually exist?No, according to some scientists and nutr(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  told  the conference, organised by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s consultative council, that  studies showed that two out of three adults and one in four primary school children in Ireland were overweight or obese.    Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

People are besieged by “treat foods” which are formulated to be far more appealing than healthier alternatives, Dr Mary Flynn, public health specia(...)

 Pictured at the launch of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland free online MenuCal calorie calculator were  Minister for HealthJames Reilly with Dr Mary Flynn, Chief Specialist: Public Health Nutrition, FSAI and Noel Marrey a chef at the Bracken  Court Hotel. Photograph:Jason Clarke

The Food Safety Authority has developed a new online calorie calculator to enable food businesses to calculate the calorie content of the meals(...)

We spent €1.44 billion in outlets selling fast food in 2012. That’s a whole lot of cheeseburgers, taco fries and spicy chicken wraps

We like our chips. And burgers, kebabs, snack boxes and whatever you’re having yourself. Irish people spent more money per head on fast food than 1(...)

Food for thought: recent figures suggest one-third of women and one-fifth of men in Ireland regularly take supplements. Photograph:Getty Images

There has been a huge increase in public information about how to get all the necessary nutrients from a healthy, balanced diet, yet large numb(...)