Healthy Diet Recommendations – Putting calories on menus for Ireland


Health Minister James Reilly has pledged to introduce legislation by the end of the year requiring every business that serves food to display calories on their menus, if they are not complying voluntarily.

Therefore we will be seeing more calorie information on food and drink displayed clearly and prominently at the point of choice for consumers. The calorie information should be clear and easily seen by the consumer before their choice is made. This will be displayed as calories per food portion such as 120 calories per slice of cake.

Calories may be displayed on a menu as calories, kcals or kcal, all mean the same and represent the amount of energy in a food portion or drink.

Categories : Healthy Eating

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.