Consumers in the Netherlands should eat more vegetables, but less meat and fish, according to dietary advice set out by the government food advisory body in the country.
The Stichting Voedingscentrum Nederland has published a food pyramid outlining its dietary recommendations. It has advised a daily dose of 250 grammes of vegetables, instead of 200g. It has also advised consumers to eat a maximum of 500g of meat a week.
People should eat 25g of unsalted nuts and three cups of green or black tea a day. Fish should be eaten only once a week – with the guidance being more specific about what type of fish – oily types preferred – to choose.
“The essence of healthy eating is to choose foods mainly from the ‘wheel of five’ – taking the recommended amounts from each segment and varying the items in each food group,” a spokesperson for the body told just-food.
The wheel consists of vegetables and fruit; fats and oils; nuts, dried fruits, fish, meat and eggs; bread, whole grain products and potatoes; and, drinks, including water and tea.
Consumers also need to limit consumption of foods that sit outside this wheel, such as cookies, fruit drinks, soda and chips. “In line with advice from the health council [De Gezondheidsraad], we also recommend minimising sugary drinks including juice,” the spokesperson said. “In previous advice, we made an exception to this, saying one fruit could be eaten as juice to boost fruit consumption.”