Trudy Voortman2017-12-30T11:29:16+00:00

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 assistant professor at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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 board member of ‘young NAV’, the Dutch Academy for Nutrition Sciences and organizer of the Dutch Nutritional Science Days.

She is a member of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform and of the talent network of the of the Dutch Council for Health and Society.

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

February 2018

The International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

28 February 2018|Images, Speaking, Updates|

Honored to have been invited to speak at the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition in Loma Linda, California this week. In my two presentations, I talked about the importance of diet during pregnancy for child health and on the effects of different types of dietary patterns on bone health across the life course.


January 2018

The latest food hype: raw water?

4 January 2018|Media, Updates|

I was interviewed by FunX radio today about the latest food hype: raw water…?! Please don’t, and stick to our safe filtered tap water  Did you know Dutch tap water is one of the safest of tap waters in the world?

December 2017

Interview FunX radio – Is apple cider vinegar good for you?

16 December 2017|Media, Updates|

Another health and beauty hype. In their radio show on FunX, Shay and Morad asked me whether apple cider vinegar is good for you. My message: enjoy it in your salad for its taste, but no need to drink it for your health.

 Link to the audio fragment (in Dutch)


Interview Nederland Voedselland – Is BPA in food dangerous?

10 December 2017|Media, Speaking, Updates|

Nederland Voedselland interviewed me about Bisphenol A (BPA) in our food and its potential health risks for pregnant women and young children. My conclusion: no need to worry as a consumer, but it’s good that in research, regulations, and industry we keep monitoring the standards and exposures.

 Link to the article (in Dutch)

November 2017

WEVO meeting 2017, Amsterdam

20 November 2017|Speaking, Updates|

Proud of Anh Nhi Nguyen, who presented her work on diet quality in childhood at the WEVO meeting today in Amsterdam. She presented our finding that none of the over 4000 children we studied in Rotterdam meet all Dutch dietary guidelines. Most eat enough fruit but also too many sugar-containing beverages.

Lead Your Future Kick-off event

10 November 2017|Speaking, Updates|

I was invited as panel member at the Lead Your Future kick-off at Erasmus University. A great initiative to coach 5000 young women (starting already at high-school!) on their careers. So honored to be part of this event! #girlpower