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Knowing what ingredients we are putting into our bodies is vital. 

Salt and sugar might add delicious flavour to our foods, but often processed foods in particular are laden with them, leading us to go above our recommended daily intake regularly. 

Lidl Ireland has today announced that over 850 of their own-brand products are currently being assessed for ways to reduce their salt and sugar intake. 

The affordable supermarket brand have pledged to create a 20% reduction in added sugar as well as reducing salt levels by the year 2020.

In their sugar reductions, the brand will be focusing on reducing levels in items targeted to or enjoyed by children.  

For salt, Lidl will focus on everyday meal items, including ready meals, soups, pizzas, crisps, cakes and meat products.

'The food and retail industry can make a positive contribution to the prevention of obesity, so it s important we work in partnership to achieve a reduction in the amount fat, salt and sugar in foods eaten regularly by consumers, said  Minister for Health Simon Harris, commending the move. 

'I want to commend Lidl for this initiative to reduce the sugar and salt content of many of their own brand products to help create a healthier food environment.'

'This is something I hope others will replicate.'

The positive contribution to the nations' health will aim to fall in with the UK's Food Standards Agency targets for salt reductions. 

The World Heath Organisation has found previously that the consumption of excess sugars can contribute to weight gain and obesity. 

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We ALL know that feeling well on a Friday night; feeling so worn out with exhaustion that the mere thought of cooking a meal for yourself makes you want to shed a tear. "I didn't work all week to deal with this," you think, wearingly. That is where the 'backup plan' comes into place. The backup plan being, having something on hand that is restaurant quality delicious, that you can prepare at home, requiring minimal effort from you.

That let's be honest, that 'something' is always pizza – at least when it's this close to the weekend. Unfollow anyone on social who is willing to dispute that – you don't need that kind of negativity in your life, tbh.   

Thankfully, Milanos are here to bring you that Friday feeling with their newest additions to their supermarket (and very budget-friendly) pizza range (why yes, you can buy Milano goodness to cook at home), including an out-of-this-world American pizza (€5.69). It originates from a signature restaurant recipe (so you know it's going to taste GOOD), made with pepperoni, mozzarella and Milano’s famous passata. In one word: heavenly. 

You can also get their Pollo Ad astra (€5.69), a classic pizza base topped with chicken, Peppadew™ peppers, Cajun spice and mozzarella. Did you know that this one is already a staple on the Milano restaurant menu? This recipe has been perfectly crafted so you can love and enjoy it when you're just too tired to leave the house. 

Their supermarket range now also has more products should you want a little something on the side (so to speak), including three new salad dressings, House, House Light and Caesar, all at €3 each. This will be additions to the fan-favourites in the range, from the scrumptious dough balls which we always need more of (€2.99) and Milano classic pizzas, Margherita and Sloppy Giuseppe. 

Milano’s new (and very tasty) retail product range is now available selected Tesco stores nationwide.

Why not treat yo-self? You deserve it.   

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If there is one truth that we know today to be true – it's that supermarkets are going to be JAMMERS over the next 48 hours. Indeed, today, Friday December 23, is anticipated to be the busiest shopping day of the year.

Because it just wouldn't be Christmas without a serious last minute panic around the grocery aisles.

And now the nation's Top Ten last-minute purchases have been revealed – as sold in Tesco Ireland stores nationwide on Christmas Eve in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, the likes of milk, cream and fresh bread are all high-priority for Irish shoppers:

1.       Fresh milk

2.       Fresh cream

3.       White bread

4.       Cola soft drinks

5.       Fruit flavour soft drinks 

6.       Bacon

7.       Crisps in a tube

8.       Lemons and limes

9.       Big bag crisps and snacks

10.     Brussels sprouts

Bacon makes its roaring debut in at No.6 having not featured at all in 2014. And the appearance of Brussels sprouts at No.10 is a smidgen controversial given the vegetable's rather mixed reputation. Still, Tesco expects to sell more than 2million sprouts TODAY ALONE – adding to the 6.5million sold in the last week. 

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Panicked and on the verge of a weekend away, all too many times before we've dropped a serious wad of cash on travel-sized toiletries.

Mad, blind dash around Boots the night before our flight? Yup, that'll be us. Shovelling items into our trolley as we navigate Tesco fours hours before the gate closes? Guilty as charged. 

And while this GORGEOUS new range from Lidl might not help you get any more organised, it's certainly a lot easier on your holiday pocket.

The supermarket's mini provitamin shampoo is a mere 79c for 50ml. A mini toothpaste is 49c and a 100ml volume hairspray is 89c. For the lads, there is a 75ml shaving foam for 79c and a 50ml 2-in-1 sports shower gel also for 79c.

Airport security-friendly body lotion, hand cream, lipbalm and deodorant is all available too and nothing costs more than a euro.

The range has already landed in select Lidl stores, but it's being rolled out nationwide shortly. 

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A new study has found that supermarkets are now the best place to snag your dream man!

According to the survey, one in eight (13 per cent) shoppers admitting to swapping numbers with a fellow trolley-pusher.

Six per cent have dated someone they met in the supermarket, and two per cent of those questioned said they had married someone they met at the supermarket!

It seems we can pick up a lot of clues about someone’s personality from what they have in their shopping basket.

Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) admitted they would be more attracted to someone if they shared similar shopping and eating habits.

According to data revealed by Shopitize app, 6.38pm is the best time to bag a beau with most singles hitting the shopping aisles in the early evening.

Psychologist Dr David Holme said, “Lust-fuelled moments in darkened clubs and bars are the worst times to be selecting a partner for life.

“In contrast, in the clear light of the supermarket aisle, the contents of our trolley will say more about our personalities and habits than interrogation by a dating website.”

Trolleys at the ready ladies!

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