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’s latest updates
Lemon water is no superfood
Yesterday I was interviewed on the health effects of lemon water for an article at NU.nl. 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.
Our research on plant-based eating at EFAD 2019
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.
Whole grain session at the Dubai International Congress of Nutrition
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?
Alpro Foundation Award
Proud of Zhangling Chen, who won the Alpro Foundation Award for best scientific publication of 2018 for her paper ‘Plant-based Diet and Adiposity Over Time in a Middle-aged and Elderly Population’. Zhangling constructed a continuous plant-based diet index and found that adhering to a more plant-based and less animal-based dietary pattern was associated with less adiposity over time.
Fruit vs fruit juice at Nu.nl
This week I was interviewed by Nu.nl 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).