Young children should eat just one square of chocolate per week, according to the Irish Government’s new healthy eating guidelines.
The Department of Health launched its first-ever National Healthy Eating Guidelines on Thursday, which outline which foods children aged between one and four should avoid.
The guidelines advise parents with children in that age bracket to give their kids tiny portions of unhealthy foods, suggesting half a biscuit a week or three individual potato chips.
The new guidelines advise giving children three small meals a day in addition to two or three healthy snacks since children have “small tummies” at that age.
Any foods high in fat, sugar, or salt, should be limited to one “tiny” portion a week, the guidelines say.
The guidelines were launched by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman, and Minister for Public Health and Wellbeing Frank Feighan on Thursday.
The guidelines noted a