This is how toast should be cooked, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Correspondent It’s not an old wives’ tale. Eating burnt toast really does increase your risk of developing cancer. The European Food Safety Authority(...)

Adults who take too much caffeine can suffer anxiety and problems sleeping

Consuming more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day could be damaging to your health, according to European food safety experts. The European F(...)

 New EU rules  allowing member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their territory have been formally adopted by the European Council. File photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

New EU rules that would allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territory have moved a step(...)

BPA,  a chemical   found in a range of plastic products, has been found to pose no health risk to consumers of any age.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has welcomed a finding that the chemical Bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers of any age. The com(...)

Caryna Camerino, with cakes from  Camerino Bakery, Capel street. Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ever baulked at your child eating blue cake at a birthday party, then running around, his mouth smeared a Kryptonite green? Or halted, exasperated, as(...)

Some properties pinned on superfoods are misleading: the iron in goji berries and cereals is wrapped up in plant compounds and is far less accessible than iron in meat. Photograph: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

There is no limit to what goji berries can do for you: build vitality, improve eyesight, fight cancer, boost fertility and provide more iron than s(...)

Dr Elva Dalton, GP in Stillorgan Medical Centre, Dublin1. Maintain a healthy body weight: Obesity raises blood pressure, increasing the risk of stroke(...)

Prof Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland:  said genetic modification was one of a number of promising tools for improving nutrition and increasing food production “yet Europe remains sceptical and reluctant although nobody has become ill or died from the effect of eating food derived from GMOs”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It is time stop dismissing the role of genetically-modified foods for ideological or political reasons and to put aside “irrational and non-science ba(...)

Fibre provides a source of energy for the friendly probiotic bacteria living in the large intestine that in turn may help to boost the immune system

Fibre is a vital but often forgotten nutrient for health. It plays a role in digestion and in reducing our risk of heart disease, diabetes and colo(...)

Dr Iona Pratt, who died suddenly while on holiday in Honduras in February, was one of the best known of Irish scientists internationally. (...)