Here in Bord Bia, we're not only passionate about food, we also strive to promote healthy eating to the nation!

We believe that small steps and simple changes can go a long way to improve your diet. Lean red meat is a power pack of nutrients, and makes an important contribution to the diet as it is such a rich source of nutrients. The Food Pyramid from the Department of Health is a great way to see where meat fits into a healthy balanced diet, for more information see -

Check out the nutritional benefits of meat:

  • Nutritious- Meat is a great source of protein but also contains the essential nutrients iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D and several of the B group vitamins. Many people in Ireland aren’t getting enough of these nutrients.
  • Low in fat - Lean red meat is low in fat, and half is unsaturated fat, making it a good choice for people with diabetes, a high cholesterol, or those watching their weight.
  • Versatile – Lean red meat can be used as a key ingredient in many healthy option meals such as casseroles, stir fries, barbecues, roasts, meatballs, stews and wraps.

We have information for every life stage from pregnancy, weaning, childhood, teenage years and older years, and we also help give you some pointers if you want to watch your weight, reduce your cholesterol, manage your diabetes or blood pressure, or even just give you some ideas for feeding an active busy family!

The information in our nutrition section is guided by recommendations made by the following

Department of Health


Safefood  and the

Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

Nutrition for Children

Iron for Children

Infants and young children grow far more rapidly than adults. This is a crucial stage in their development and good nutrition is vital. Iron is one of a range of nutrients that is particularly important for health.

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First Foods for Baby

Our month to month weaning guide helps to answer questions you have around weaning, and the first food to introduce to your baby. We have broken this guide into three keys stages, 4-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months. 

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Nutrition for 1 to 5s

Young children grow far more rapidly than adults so good nutrition is vital.

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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Some ideas from Bord Bia for a healthy lunch box, or nutritious snack options for your children.


Sports Nutrition

Nutrition is an important factor in determining optimal sports performance. An inadequate diet can prevent you from reaching your true potential.

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Did you know that women need more iron than men?

The mineral iron is vital for healthy blood and normal growth and development.

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Nutrition for Pregnancy

As with many of the really special events in our lives, having a baby means lots of change and excitement. During the pregnancy your baby depends on you for the nutrition it gets so it is very important to eat well and safely.

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The Food Pyramid

Healthy eating is essential for good health. This is achieved by eating a balanced diet. To ensure your body gets all the nutrients it requires you should combine a variety of foods from each of the main food groups.

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