The Netherlands has reduced recommended meat consumption by 50 percent, citing environmental and health reasons.
The Netherlands’ Nutrition Centre has launched a healthy eating campaign in conjunction with these new recommendations. They suggest up to 500 grams of meat a week, including as much as 300 grams red meat. Beef, pork, and veal have the highest environmental impact, and red meat has more saturated fats.
Dutch men on average eat 930 grams each week of meat. Women on average consumer 615 grams of meat. Therefore this new advice calls for quite a change to their diets.
The government recommendations suggest replacing meat with sustainable proteins like pulses, nuts, fish, eggs, and vegetarian options. The Nutrition Centre is entirely government funded. This helps provide consumers with independent information based on scientific facts and studies about safe, healthy, and sustainable food choices.
Sustainable food specialists say the five aforementioned protein products have less environmental impact than traditional protein sources, including meat. A more sustainable consists of a daily serving of nuts and a weekly serving of legumes. Many are calling this new recommendation to eat significantly less meat a breakthrough in sustainable food.
The guidelines also urge consumers to eat only sustainably sourced fish and select raw or whole foods more often than processed foods. The recommended daily amount of vegetables increased from 50 grams to 250 grams.
The eating guide was creating using scientific evidence, health concerns, dietary guidelines, and input from the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and Environment. Consumer Feedback and scientists in the fields of sustainability and nutrition also contributed.
The guide does not include meats like sausages and burgers. Nor does it include processed meats like pate. It recommends replacing processed meat spreads with hummus, nut butters, or dairy spreads.
The guide aims to clear up confusion regarding “too much” and “too often” for each food group by providing clear and precise instructions for consumers.