Dietary guidelines

On food labels the term Guideline Daily Amounts and GDA’s may be stated, but what do they mean? Guideline Daily Amounts are a guide to the total amount of energy and nutrients that a typical healthy adult should be eating in a day. Energy and the four most important nutrients that may cause risk of disease are the main focus GDA’S listed. These useful GDA’s help people to make informed choices to contribute to achieving an overall balanced diet.

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Food Pyramids, Plates and Guides: Building a Balanced Diet

14 January 2020

Discover why food pyramids, plates and other visual representations of healthy food guides are a useful tool for building a healthy, balanced diet.

What’s Important for Vegetarians and Vegans to Eat?

29 October 2019

Many people reduce or exlcude animal products for a variety of reasons. If you have a plant-based diet, read on to make sure your nutrient intake is adequate.

How to Measure Portion Sizes with your Hands (Infographic)

01 April 2019

Knowing how much of a food you should eat can be difficult. This infographic shows how to use your hands to measure the right portion sizes.

Should we forget five-a-day? Not so fast!

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that three servings of fruit and veg is enough to live longer. Should we forget about current recommendations for five portions a day? 

What Are Dietary Reference Values (DRVs)?

01 December 2013

Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) are quantitative reference values for nutritional intakes derived for different population groups, based on health criteria.

Health in Europe: An update

06 March 2013

With changing economic circumstances, it is particularly important that changes in health status and behaviours continue to be monitored.

New nutrition guidelines for Europe, halfway there…

01 May 2011

The European Food Safety Authority has provided guidance on optimum intakes of fats, carbohydrates, fibre and water for good health considering new evidence.

Nutrition (The basics)

08 November 2009

What is the contribution of nutrition to a long and healthy life? It is the way foods (and nutrients) are combined to make up the whole diet that is important.

The Food Pyramid: A Dietary Guideline in Europe

01 October 2009

Nutrient information available is not well understood by consumers. It is necessary to provide nutrient advice in a way consumers can understand.

Making sense of Guideline Daily Amounts

04 October 2007

Guideline Daily Amounts are a guide to the total amount of energy and nutrients that a typical healthy adult should be eating in a day.

Adult nutrition

03 March 2006

Making smart food choices early in life, with a routine of good food and regular exercise, can help us make the most of what life has to offer.