Why is it important to eat more sustainable?

Our food consumption has a significant impact on the environment. These simple tips from the Voedingscentrum (Netherlands Nutrition Centre) can help you eat more sustainably, which can have a positive effect on the environment as well as your health. With a few tips and tricks of the Voedingscentrum you can eat more sustainable, which can benefit both your health and the environment.

  1. Waste Less Food

Many Dutch people would like to reduce their food waste. The main causes of food waste are buying and cooking food that isn’t portioned correctly. By checking your stock and shopping with a grocery list, you avoid buying too much food. During cooking, avoid wasting by storing products correctly and determining appropriate portions using measuring cups or a kitchen scale.

  1. Replace Alcohol, Fruit Juices, and Soft Drinks with Tap Water, Tea, and/or Coffee

These beverages are not only bad for your health but also have a high carbon footprint. Tap water is the least environmentally taxing option. Opt for tap water, tea, and/or coffee without added sugar.

  1. Consume Less Red and Processed Meat

Within the Dutch diet, meat is responsible for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions and land use. Instead of red and processed meat, opt for plant-based proteins like legumes, unsalted nuts, and sustainable fish.

  1. Choose Environmentally Friendly Fruits and Vegetables by Considering Origin and Season

Certain fruits and vegetables are sustainable choices throughout the year. A useful mnemonic is the ABCDE rule: Apples, Bananas, Citrus fruits, Grapes, and Pears. You can easily print a fruit and vegetable calendar online and hang it in your kitchen; this way, you can quickly see which produce is in season each month.

  1. Eat Only What You Need

Especially dishes that aren’t part of a balanced diet, such as snacks, are better to avoid. This is not only better for the environment but also for your health! Curious about recipes that align with a balanced diet? Scan the QR code on the vitality screens when Voedingscentrum recipes appear, or visit the website of Voedingscentrum.