Watch out for food waste and save!

By Cara Cunningham,

Reporter:

By Cara Cunningham,

With the property tax coming into effect at the start of July it seems that our Euro has to stretch along ways these days. Any idea that could save money and make you healthier is worth considering!

With the property tax coming into effect at the start of July it seems that our Euro has to stretch along ways these days. Any idea that could save money and make you healthier is worth considering!

It is interesting to read about a campaign run in the UK by the Women’s institute (an organisation similar to the ICA) called the ‘Love Food campaign’. This campaign comes from the angle of reducing food wastage by planning meals; using leftovers and buying locally produced food.

The campaign outlines that in the UK; about one third of food purchased is thrown away. This has enormous economical impact, if the average family spends €100 on food a week this would mean on average food wastage of more than €1500 per year. There is also an environmental impact; both in the energy it takes getting that food to the home and then throwing it away but also the waste that goes to landfill sites and emits methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. .

By getting involved in a bit of domestic planning we could save on this waste. Menu planning is essential – plan the meals for the week and think about meals that could be prepared using leftovers. When you are going shopping – write a list, and stick to it this will mean that you avoid impulse buying and potential food wastage.

Another great side effect of these credit crunching tips is that it will probably make your diet healthier – this comes about as:

Cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients will mean that your diet will have more nutrients in it.

As the leftovers will be ‘allocated’ for meals there is less likelihood of nibbling on them or feeling that you have to have a huge portion to ‘save it’ from the bin!

Less processed food, will mean less salt and hidden fat.

So become a ‘domestic goddess / god’; look at your food waste, even for one week plan ahead, write your list and see how much you can save.

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9395518or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.