There is no shortage of quick-fix weight-loss approaches these days. Even at this time of year you can flick through any glossy magazine and find cele(...)

 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(...)

Health minister Leo Varadkar quoted “disturbing statistics” that show three in four Irish adults and one in four primary school children are obese or overweight. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not helpful to tell overweight and obese people that they have a food addiction and it’s not their fault, a conference exploring the issue of fo(...)

Matt Farrell snr: “I see ourselves as at the forefront of Thai food development in Ireland.”

A fascination with Thai cuisine, a desire to bring something new to Irish customers and the willingness to take risks led to the establishment (...)

Pouring olive oil on fresh green salads is one way of adding small volumes of high-calorie foods to meals. Photograph: Getty Images

As we age, muscle mass and muscle strength decrease naturally. What we eat has an essential role in maintaining our muscle mass and slowing dow(...)

Fodmaps food to include  in your diet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating disorder that can affect one in five adults, predominately women in their 20s and (...)

Fresh off the rotisserie grill, people are buying whole chickens, removing the skin and using the flesh in their own home-assembled meal. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s good to be more aware of the main food choices you make over the course of the week. But you don’t need to memorise intricate nutrients or(...)

Sodium opprobrium: ‘I didn’t do this to be different; I did it because I want to live another 40 or 50 years,’ says chef Brian McDermott. Photograph: Philip Gamble

‘Remember: there are no mistakes. Only lessons.” The words are etched on a wooden plaque in chef Brian McDermott’s cookery school, a quaint kit(...)

Meatless Monday: If Americans were motivated to remove meat from their diet for just one day a week, approximately 45 billion gallons of petrol could be spared in one year. Photograph: Getty Images

The Meatless Monday movement started during the first World War, primarily to conserve food and support US troops. Today its thrust is about pr(...)

We are in serious danger of missing the bigger picture when it comes to the fat versus sugar debate. “Fat makes you fat” is a half-truth. Yes, too muc(...)