Limit consumption of red meat and especially
processed meat

Red meat

Consuming too much red meat (beef, pork, mutton and goat meat) is not healthy. Eat it less often!

It is recommended to limit eating red meat and processed meat to one to two servings a week and choose lean meat and alternate with other protein sources, such as legumes, nuts, fish and poultry.

Disadvantages for your health

Red meat and especially ‘processed’ red meat such as salami, ham and bacon is not good for your health. It is high in saturated fats, trans fats and salt. These can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating red meat and ‘processed’ meat is also more likely to cause colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

How much red meat do you need?

You don’t need red meat. Eat a maximum of 500 grams of meat per week, with a maximum of 300 grams red meat. Try to limit the consumption of processed meat. 

Examples of good alternatives for red meat:
Legumes, nuts, peanuts, cereals, chicken, fish and egg.


Make a week-change schedule, which can help you eat less (red) meat by substituting meat for a vegetarian alternative. For example, like this: Monday: pulses, tempeh or tofu; Tuesday: red meat or egg; Wednesday: chicken; Thursday: fatty fish; Friday: nuts: Saturday: chicken or pulses and Sunday: red meat or nuts.

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