Immigrants' diets healthier than Dutch
Pensioners and immigrants are more likely to eat the recommended amount of fish, fruit and vegetables than the average Dutch person.
This is according to new research by public health institute RIVM and the national statistics office CBS.
Three-quarters of the population fail to eat the recommended two pieces of fruit and 200 grammes of vegetables a day, as well as fish twice a week. In total, 36 percent of western immigrants and 31 percent of non-western immigrants eat enough vegetables, compared with 26 percent of the native Dutch.
Immigrants also outstrip the Dutch in terms of fruit and fish consumption, the survey shows. Children are more likely than adults not to eat the recommended amount of fruit, veg and fish. Just 14 percent of 12 to 16-year-olds eat enough fruit and only 6 percent eat fish – including one serving of oily fish like herring – twice a week.
Pensioners are also more likely to eat enough fruit and veg than the under-65s, the research shows.