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Published, November 4th 2015



Dutch dietary guidelines 2015

A shift in the direction of a more plant-based and less animal-based dietary pattern improves health. A reduction of the intake of sugar-based beverages is also imporant. Healthy alternatives are tea and filtered coffee without sugar and also water.This is the central theme of the advisory report Dutch dietary guidelines 2015, that was presented to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and the State Secretary of Economic Affairs on 4 November 2015.

In this advisory report the committee Dutch dietary guidelines 2015 has integrated conclusions from 29 background documents (in Dutch) on the association between nutrients, foods and dietary patterns and the risk of major chronic diseases. The methodology the committee employed for drafting the background documents is described in the background document Methodology for the evaluation of the evidence for the Dutch dietary guidelines 2015.

An article In European Journal of Clinical Nutrition describes our guidelines and the key scientific publications these guidelines are based on (

Previous advisory reports of the Health Council on dietary guidelines:


  • Prof. D Kromhout, Vice President of the Health Council (until 1 January 2015), The Hague, chairperson
  • Prof. J. Brug, Professor of Epidemiology, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Prof. A.W. Hoes, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Dr. J.A. Iestra, nutritionist, University Medical Center Utrecht Prof. H. Pijl, Professor of Diabetology, Leiden University Medical Center, member (until 1 April 2015), advisor (from 1 April 2015 onwards)
  • Prof. J.A. Romijn, Professor of Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Prof. J.C. Seidell, Professor of Nutrition and Health, VU University Amsterdam
  • Prof. P. van ‘t Veer, Professor of Nutrition, Public Health and Sustainability, Wageningen University and Research Centre, member (until 1 June 2015), advisor (from 1 June 2015 onwards)
  • Prof. M. Visser, Professor of Healthy Aging, VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Prof. J.M. Geleijnse, Professor of Nutrition and Cardiovascular Diseases, Wageningen University and Research Centre, advisor
  • Prof. J.B. van Goudoever, Professor of Paediatrics, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, advisor
  • Prof. M.T.E. Hopman, Professor of Integrative Physiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, advisor
  • Prof. R.P. Mensink, Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Maastricht University, advisor
  • Prof. A.M.W.J. Schols, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases, Maastricht University, advisor
  • Prof. M.H. Zwietering, Professor of Food Microbiology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, advisor
  • C.A. Boot, M.Sc., Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague, observer
  • Dr. J. de Goede, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary
  • Dr. C.J.K. Spaaij, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary
  • Dr. R.M. Weggemans, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary

This publication may be cited as follows

Health Council of the Netherlands. Dutch dietary guidelines 2015. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2015; publication no. 2015/24E. ISBN 978-94-6281-104-1