In this age of social rather than professional influencing it can be difficult to make a distinction between trustworthy and unreliable information. My goal is to provide my clients and readers with information that is based on scientific research and make it easy to digest. On this page you will find articles written by me on different aspects of (plant-based) nutrition. I hope you will find them useful and will be able to use the information in your daily life.
What is a Microbiome?
Microbiome remains a hot topic for already a number of years. Many have heard the word, but most only vaguely know what a microbiome is. Is it the same as microbiota? Can you influence your microbiome by eating probiotics? Or by changing your diet? I've collected the answers in this article.
Seven health benefits of watermelon + how to select a sweet watermelon
I am really fond of watermelons. I can eat A LOT in one sitting. Fortunately, watermelons are very healthy, and I don't have to worry about the consequences of my watermelon consumption. In this article I want to recruit you into my camp of watermelon lovers.
What to eat during (warm) summer days?
What to eat during summer? With summer being just around the corner I've decided to sum up easy healthy options of light refreshing meals. In this article you will find options for every moment of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. And yes, we will talk about ice-cream too!
Mindful eating: how do you do it?
A diet without behavioral change is pointless. You have to change your relationship with food if you want to achieve certain results. But we humans are very attached to our habits. Mindfulness can help improve your eating behavior in an unobtrusive way.
Seven health benefits of eating (more) plant-based foods
Naturally, I'm a big supporter of a vegan diet, but I also know that it's a step too far for most people. My belief is therefore not that we should all stop eating animal foods. But I am convinced that everyone can try eating less animal-derived foods.
How to limit kids sugar intake?
Sugar is in many foods, including foods that we don't even consider sweet, such as ketchup and bread. How do you make sure you and your children stay close to the healthy norm? In this article I have some practical tips for you that I hope will come in handy.
How much sugar can children eat?
How much sugar can children eat? There is no recommendation in the Netherlands for the amount of sugar per day. Neither for adults nor for children. That does not make it easy to understand how much is too much. Let's figure this out together.
What is food intolerance, and can you test it?
Can you test food intolerance? As a dietitian, I often see people in my practice who have had a food intolerance test done. All of them without exception get a resume that shows they are intolerant to many foods. But can you trust such a test?
Calcium, vegetarian diets and bone health
It was long thought that cow's milk was the best source of calcium. But there doesn't seem to be a link between drinking more milk and having a lower risk of osteoporosis. In addition, regular cow's milk consumption is bad for all kinds of other reasons. That is why in this article I have selected 15 other foods for you that contain a lot of calcium.
Biotin: the beauty vitamin?
Did you know that peanut butter is a great source of biotin? Many people claim that biotin supplements make their hair, skin and nails healthier. That's why biotin is often called the beauty vitamin. In this article we are going to examine the link between biotin and beauty claims.
The true superfoods (Part 2)
In my view, the true superfoods are those that contain one or more micronutrients in quantities that make a significant difference to your health. Today we will look at the foods that are the best sources of the eight major minerals that we need to consume daily.
Top Ten foods high in tryptophan
Contrary to popular belief, turkey and other animals are not the best sources of tryptophan. Chocolate doesn't contain much tryptophan either, although that's often said too. This article offers top-ten foods high in tryptophan which all happen to be vegetarian.
Everything you need to know about lysine + the best vegetarian sources of lysine
What are the functions of lysine? Does it cure cold sores? How much lysine do we need on a daily basis? What are the best vegetarian sources of lysine? You will find the answers in this article.
Notes on the Sardinian diet
I've been to Sardinia three times. During one of my stays I visited the famous village of Villagrande. In this village there are so may persons who live longer than 100 years old, that it has became a topic of exploration for scientists. In this article I share with you my personal notes on the Sardinian diet.
Heavy metals in food: can they be avoided?
Heavy metals are released into the environment. Animal products but also grains and some vegetables contain heavy metals. Eating a variety of foods rather than sticking to the same foods every day is the best protection against heavy metals.
The True Superfoods (Part I)
For me the true superfoods are those that contain one or more micronutrients (like vitamins and minerals) in quantities that make a significant difference to your diet. Basically, this article is a list of the best vegan sources of vitamins. Hope it will be useful for you!
Ten egg substitutes (in baking)
Before you replace eggs with alternative foods, it's good to ask yourself which property of the egg you want to mimic: binding, rising, moisturizing..? Then you can make the best choice out of no fewer than ten substitutes described in this article.
How to store food
If only 25% of all wasted food was saved, that would be enough to feed almost 900 million starving people. This is reason enough to try to be more conscious about your food choices. In this article I will share guidelines on how to store food with you.