Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Food and Nutrition

Nutrition and food is essential to everyone. We all need to eat. Northern Ireland's economy benefits greatly from the food our agri-food industry produces.

The choices we make about food affect our health and well-being, so knowledge of nutrition and food science is important. We also need to know how advertising and food labelling can influence the choices we make about what we consume.

To make the correct choices, we need to know about the principles of nutrition and how dietary requirements change throughout our lives.

Nutrition and Food Science is a very relevant subject to study as we have become increasingly concerned about:

  • food security;
  • ethical farming;
  • sustainability;
  • climate change;
  • food poverty;
  • allergies;
  • obesity;
  • traceability;
  • public health;
  • food waste; and
  • contamination.