‘Like meat, you can omit in vegetarian diet’

‘Like meat, you can omit in vegetarian diet’

The shelves of the supermarket are becoming more crowded with vegetable varieties of animal products such as meat and dairy products. But these new products we do not necessarily need to have a more plant-based diet to learn, so say experts.

“The supermarket or the local market to offer sufficient,” says voedingswetenschapper Paulien Vinke in conversation with “Think of potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts, soy milk and occasionally a piece of tofu or sojaschnitzel.”

The vegetarian meat substitutes, which are also more and more choice, are not the most healthy alternative for meat. “These products are often rich in saturated fat and salt,” says Patricia Schutte of the Nutrition centre. “If you have these ingredients to avoid, you can better choose for example, nuts and legumes.”


For the consumer, it may be confusing as to which products in the supermarket vegetable and which are not. “Of unprocessed products such as vegetables, we know exactly what’s inside,” says Vinke. “With processed food, you can best the list of ingredients to consult. Many of these products contain still animal ingredients, such as gelatin, milk and eggs used in sweets, pastries, and ready – to klaarproducten.”

There exists already a Vegetarian quality Mark that indicates that a product is free of ingredients derived from dead animals. Vinke can imagine that is also a mark of quality for vegetable processed food is convenient for the consumer. “But it does not per se contribute to a healthier diet, because it does not says about the health value of the product. We must, above all, less processed foods, eat healthy food.”

“Plant-based diet contains many healthy nutrients, such as potassium (blood pressure), dietary fibre (good for bowel movement and against colon cancer), vitamins and minerals and many bioactive substances. Then there is that vegetable foods are usually good saturates and low in calories it contains, which in turn is good for the line.”

Schutte warns, however, for a bottleneck only vegetable food. “Vitamin B12, which is necessary for the production of red blood cells and is responsible for the proper functioning of the nervous system, found mainly in animal products. So if you are mainly vegetable eat, you run great risk of a shortage of B12. You must complement it with supplements.”


People who are more vegetable to eat, it is best to first cut down meat. “Eat in place of these substitutions, such as legumes, nuts, tofu or a vegetarian replacement,” says Vinke. People who are used to meat on bread to eat, may have cheese better also leave: this is also an animal product. “Think of hummus, grilled vegetables or avocado. It helps very well to share your experiences with others who have (less) vegan food. So inspire each other again.”

In the new Guidelines for a Healthy Diet recommends that the Health to more plant-based foods to consume. It is more advised to use a daily hand nuts to eat, because of this the risk of coronary heart disease reduces. Also it is advised to weekly legumes to eat, because research has conclusively shown that this is the LDL-cholesterol (cholesterol that the risk of artery disease increases).

Also looked at the Council and the health effects of various diets, including the vegetarian and the Mediterranean. This shows that more vegetable and less animal dietary patterns have positive health effects. These patterns score high on the use of more fruits and vegetables, legumes, and oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids.


According to the Nutrition center to get the Dutch especially protein from animal products, especially meat and dairy. The ratio is about two-thirds animal and one-third vegetable. Eat people more and more nuts, grains, and legumes: annual rate of growth in the consumption of nuts with 10 percent, and the consumption of legumes climbed up by 12 percent.

“Since 2010, dropping the meat consumption, and that has as a result that other products may be more commonly eaten, such as nuts,” said Schutte. “Through innovations in the field of plant food, I expect that this difference is even greater.”

Also Vinke, it is noticed that people dealing more consciously with their food. “People are increasingly aware of the fact that the choice for their food the risk of diseases of affluence affects. This encourage people also to else to eat, and in the social environment is more and more attention for.”

Regarding the (near) future, Vinke a large increase in the supply of vegetable products. “I live myself in Germany and here seem to be the trends slightly ahead. You see that a lot of supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chains with herbal products. Think of vegan kebabs, vegan bratwurst, and burgers, cafe’s and only vegan products to sell. I think this is in the Netherlands going to happen.”

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