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Healthy Food for Life - The healthy eating guidelines and food pyramid


Department of Health (RoI)

Subject Keywords: Healthy eating, Food, Nutrition, Portion size, Fruit Vegetables
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Guidance
Other Guidance
Type: Guideline
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Department of Health keeps dietary recommendations under review as part of its role in promoting evidence based public health. As part of this review, the new Healthy Food for Life – the Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid have been developed by the Department working in partnership with other experts in nutrition in Ireland.

Healthy Food for Life is a toolkit which includes a new Food Pyramid and guidance materials to help people makes choices to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. The resources reflect best national and international evidence and advice. The guidance applies for everyone from 5 years of age upwards.

Key messages

The three key messages are:

  • Limit high fat, sugar and salt foods from the top shelf of the Pyramid to no more than once or twice a week
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables, at least 5 to 7 servings a day
  • Use the Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes and remember that portion size matters





Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Department of Health (RoI). (2016) Healthy Food for Life - The healthy eating guidelines and food pyramid [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 19th November 2019].


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