The science behind the VitaPlate

Below you will find the scientific sources upon which the recommendations of VitaPlate were based.

These are the authorities and scientific sources upon which the recommendations of the VitaPlate are based:

Fruits and vegetables, cereals and potatoes, sources of protein:

Water and other drinks:


Benefits of organic:

  • Baranski, M., et al (2014). Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. British Journal of Nutrition, 112, 794-811.

The role of the microbiome:

  • Dutch Stomach, Liver and Gut Foundation (Maag Lever Darm Stichting), consulted on 23 April at: buik/artikelen/microbioom-het-wonder-in-je-buik/
  • Dutch Stomach, Liver and Gut Foundation (Maag Lever Darm Stichting), consulted on 29 April at: buik/artikelen/zo-gezond-zijn-prebiotica/
  • Kruyswijk – van der Heijden, A. (2017). Simply Healthy (Eenvoudig gezond, 5th imprint). Rijswijk, Netherlands: Jouw Voeding.
  • Hill, C., Guarner, F., Reid, G., Gibson, G.R., Merenstein, D.J. et al (2014). The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology 11: 506-514.
  • World Gastroenterology Organisation. WGBO Practice Guideline – Probiotics and prebiotics. Geraadpleegd op 13 april via
  • Ashraf, R., Shah, N.P. (2014). Immune system stimulation by probiotic microorganisms. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 54 (7): 938-956.
  • Dutch Nutrition Center (Het Voedingscentrum), Dutch version of the Eatwell Plate (Schijf van Vijf); consulted on 29 April 2020 at:
  • Shortt, C., Hasselwander, O., Meynier, A., Nauta, A., Norienga, E. (2018). Systematic Review of the Effects of the Intestinal Microbiota on Selected Nutrients and Non-Nutrients. European journal of nutrition 57 (1): 25/49.)
  • Clark, A., Mach, N. (2016). Exercise-induced Stress Behavior, Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis and Diet: A Systematic Review for Athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Nov 24; 13: 43.

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