Food consumption data provide insight into the consumption of foods, intake of macro- and micro-nutrients. Also of potential harmful chemical substances and into food and nutrition trends. Food consumption data are essential for formulating and evaluating food policy, for public information purposes and for scientific research. Collection of food consumption data has been carried out since 1987 under the authority of the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. 

Dutch people are eating and drinking more healthily

We know this because of RIVM’s new Dutch National Food Consumption Survey (Voedselconsumptiepeiling, VCP). Dutch people are eating more plant products, like fruit and vegetables, unsalted nuts and legumes. They are eating less red and processed meat. They are also drinking fewer sugary drinks. 

Both children and adults are eating and drinking more healthily. However, most Dutch people are not following the Dutch dietary guidelines yet. This is less good news. In the Dutch dietary guidelines, the Health Council of the Netherlands describes which foods and eating habits lead to a healthier life. The advice is to eat enough fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products, like bread.

About DNFCS 2019-2021

RIVM has performed the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey (DNFCS 2019-2021) among  3,500 children and adults. The DNFCS shows what, where and when Dutch people eat and drink and compares this to the Health Council guidelines. With this data, policymakers and professionals can work on  healthy nutrition, sustainable and safe food education and  food research. Go to the website for details (in Dutch).

The results of DNFCS 2019-2021 are published in Dutch at There are also more detailed tables (in English) available online at RIVM StatLine. A copy of the datasets (also of previous studies) can be requested for research purposes.