Food and nutrition
Food and nutrition
In addition to the websites listed here, it is worth investigating websites of various food companies for information about specific foods and food groups.
Go to this website for information on health issues on a global scale. The ‘Nutrition’ page of the Health Topics provides information about nutrition on a global scale, including a number of global issues and policies and programs in different countries. It includes fact sheets, data, nutrition guidelines and information on a range of about 50 different nutrition topics.
Their publications include the following regarding sugar:
World Health Organization. (2015). Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children.
Australian government resources
Go to this site for information about the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating as well as to download free publications about the dietary guidelines, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, and supporting resources.
Australian Dietary Guidelines
Brochures, posters and more…
Australian Dietary Guidelines – Summary
Eat for Health Educator Guide – Information for nutrition educators
Giving your baby the best start – Brochure
Healthy eating for children – Brochure
Healthy eating for adults – Brochure
Healthy eating during your pregnancy – Brochure
Australian Guide to Healthy Eating – Poster
Indigenous Guide to Healthy Eating – Poster
Eat for Health: Dietary guidelines for all Australians – Poster
Eat for Health: Dietary guidelines for all Australians (Indigenous) – Poster
Infant Feeding Guidelines
Hard copies of some materials can be ordered from the site.
The NRVs (Nutrient Reference Values) are a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge. They are a joint initiative of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the New Zealand Ministry of Health (NZMoH). The NRVs include a range of reference values for macro and micronutrients for various population groups (for example, different genders and age groups), as well as recommended dietary energy intake according to gender, age and activity levels.
Apart from a wealth of statistical data related to food consumption patterns, the ABS site contains a number of reports about the various research initiatives it has conducted, for example:
Australian Health Survey: Consumption of added sugars, 2011–12. Cat no. 43640.0.55.011.
Apparent consumption of alcohol, Australia, 2016–17. Cat no. 4307.0.55.001.
Australian Health Survey: Nutrition first results—Foods and nutrients, 2011–12. [Table 9: Proportion of energy from discretionary foods.]
National health survey: First results, 2017–18 [Table 12.3: Consumption of fruit, vegetables, and sugar-sweetened and diet drinks, Australia, Proportion of persons; and Table 17.3: Children’s consumption of fruit, vegetables and selected sugar-sweetened and diet drinks, Proportion of persons].
Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2015–16.
Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of results, 2015–16. [Table 6.3A Household expenditure, Detailed expenditure items, Net worth quintiles—Estimates].
The AIHW website contains a wealth of data about numerous health and welfare issues, including those related to food and nutrition. There are also many related reports, such as:
Go to this government site for a raft of food and nutrition topics, categorised under:
- Additives and processing aids
- Chemicals in food, including mercury in fish
- Food allergies
- Food safety and recalls
- Food technologies and novel foods
- Food issues
- Genetically modified foods
- Imported foods
- Labelling including a labelling poster (pdf download)
- Nutrition and fortification, which covers topics such as:
- Folic acid—mandatory folic acid fortification
- Folic acid/folate and pregnancy
- Food for medical purposes
- How much sodium do Australians eat?
- Iodine and pregnancy
- Iodine fortification
- Iodine in food and iodine requirements
- Iodine sensitivities
- Plant sterols
- Plant-based milk alternatives
- Pregnancy and healthy eating
- Regulatory nutrient reference values
- Sodium and salt
- Sodium and salt—how much are we eating
- Sports foods
- Thiamin fortification
- Trans fatty acids
- Vitamins and minerals added to food
Country of Origin labelling
Health Star Rating system
Australian Government. (2019). Health Star Rating system.
Australian Government. (2017, December). Health Star Rating system Style guide v.5.
National Heart Foundation of Australia. (2019). Report on the monitoring of the implementation of the Health Star Rating system in the first four years of implementation: June 2014 to June 2018.
This site contains information about the Queensland Government’s strategy to improve the nutritional value of foods and drinks supplied at schools—for example, at tuckshops, in vending machines, at school camps and during fundraising. It includes a toolkit for implementing the strategy, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, posters, and a PowerPoint presentation for school communities.
- Go to the ‘Prevention’ tab, and then ‘Nutrition and physical activity’ section for information and advice about the links between body weight, food and nutrition, physical activity and alcohol t and cancer.
- Go to ‘Reduce your risk’ for information about reducing the risk of cancer through actions related to eating healthily, eating meat, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol consumption.
- Go to the Advocacy tab and then ‘Prevention policy’ for the National Cancer Prevention Policy, which is published every three years and includes a chapter on Obesity.
- Go to the ‘Healthy eating’ tab for information about food and nutrition, healthy recipes, healthy meal and snack ideas, and food labels. The Food and nutrition section has straightforward information about the five food groups, including the different types of dietary fats.
- The ‘For Professionals’ tab has its own Food and Nutrition page, including a downloadable set of the Heart Foundation’s position papers.
Nutrition Australia is a registered charity with a mission of inspiring and empowering healthy eating for all Australia. Their website contains fact sheets, recipes, publications and other resources available for purchase.
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is a not-for-profit, professional association representing dietitians and nutritionists, nutrition scientists, dietetic students, as well as associate and affiliate members. The ‘Smart Eating’ tab of their website leads to a number of topics such as:
- Smart Eating Fast Facts
- Smart Eating Recipes
Under each of these topics there are several sub topics.