Food consumption data give insight into the consumption of foods, intake of macro- and micro-nutrients, and of potential harmful chemical substances, and the development of food and nutrition trends. This insight is essential in formulating and evaluating food policy. The data are also used for public information purposes and for scientific research. Collection of periodic data on food consumption and nutrition status of the Dutch population and of specific groups within the population has been carried out since 1987 under the authority of the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. 

Improvement in the Dutch diet

Recent years show a cautious improvement in the Dutch diet. The Dutch have started to eat more fruit and it seems to be heading in the right direction with vegetables. The Dutch also eat less meat and drink less sugary drinks. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of health gains to be made, because most Dutch people are still failing to meet the Dutch Guidelines for a healthy diet. If the positive developments continue, they can help prevent obesity and chronic diseases. These are the conclusions from the latest Food Consumption Survey conducted by RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment and published on (in Dutch).