Trudy Voortman2020-08-24T17:58:49+02:00

Nutrition and lifestyle are vital for health throughout life

Trudy Voortman studies the role of nutrition, lifestyle and obesity in health and disease in different stages of life, from pregnancy and infancy to old age.

Dr. ir. Trudy Voortman

Nutrition Scientist & Epidemiologist

Trudy Voortman is a nutrition scientist and epidemiologist. She currently works as associate professor at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, where she leads the Nutrition & Lifestyle research group.

Previously, she worked as nutrition scientist at Unilever Research & Development in the Netherlands, at Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, and at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in the US.

Trudy is registered nutrition scientist at the Dutch Academy for Nutrition Sciences (NAV) and member of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform.

She organizes the yearly Dutch Nutritional Science Days and the International Society of Physical Activity & Health (ISPAH) 2020 meeting.

More about Trudy


In her research, Trudy studies the role of nutrition, lifestyle, and obesity in health and disease throughout the life course. Specific stages of interest include for example pregnancy, infancy, childhood, menopause, and old age.

Meet the research team


Trudy teaches nutrition, epidemiology, and global health at several universities. Also, she is actively involved in nutrition education for the medical curriculum, to train medical doctors on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle.

About Trudy’s lectures


Research findings should not just be published in scientific papers. Trudy regularly presents and discusses her work at scientific meetings for fellow scientists and at events for health professionals or other stakeholders.

Conferences and events

Trudy’s latest updates

January 2020

BNR Ask me Anything about alcohol

31 January 2020|Media, Updates|

Today I was a guest in BNR News Radio’s Ask me Anything, together with an expert in addictive behavior. Listeners could ask us anything related to alcohol and health.

Lemon water is no superfood

9 January 2020|Media, Updates|

Yesterday I was interviewed on the health effects of lemon water for an article at However, except maybe for seamen with scurvy a few centuries ago, lemon juice is no superfood. A glass of lemon water in the morning won’t help you burn fat or detox your body. Fortunately, there is also isn’t much harm in drinking lemon juice. It is low in sugar so it’s a healthy alternative over other fruit juices.

November 2019

Our research on plant-based eating at EFAD 2019

1 November 2019|Images, Speaking, Updates|

Great session on plant-based eating at the European Dietitians (EFAD) conference in Berlin. Thanks for the invitation to contribute and share our team’s research on the role of plant-based diets in preventing obesity and diabetes.

October 2019

Whole grain session at the Dubai International Congress of Nutrition

24 October 2019|Images, Speaking, Updates|

Honored to have been invited by the American Society of Nutrition to speak at the Dubai International Congress of Nutrition last week. In my two presentations, I talked about how whole grains can impact cardiometabolic health and the importance of whole-grain intake for global health. Did you know that low intake of whole grains and high intake of sodium are the two most important dietary risk factors for NCD morbidity and mortality globally?


September 2019

June 2019

Fruit vs fruit juice at

25 June 2019|Images, Media, Updates|

This week I was interviewed by on whether ‘drinking fruit’ is as healthy as eating it. Read here why you shouldn’t drink juice to compensate a low fruit intake (in Dutch).