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The German Nutrition Society (DGE)

Committed to science – your partner for food and drink.

As a professional scientific society, we develop statements and recommendations from nutritional science and implement them in practice. We promote balanced and sustainable diets. Enabling the people in Germany to stay healthy.

  • The German Nutrition Society (DGE), established in 1953, has since been engaged in topics on nutrition and nutritional research.
  • From the onset, the DGE has been a non-profit organization committed to scientific facts.
  • The DGE is an official incorporated society and is not influenced by economic or political interests.

The main functions of the DGE

Nutrition Science

  • Supporting research on nutritional science
  • Ascertaining topics for nutritional research as well as compiling and evaluating research results on nutrition science and related disciplines
  • Announcing research results on nutrition science and related disci plines by publications and events
  • Awarding prizes for outstanding nutrition scientists

Nutrition Counselling and Education

  • Coordinating scientifically proven and independent nutrition counselling and education
  • Quality assurance of nutrition counselling and education
nutritional recommendation

DGE Nutrition Circle

is a graphical model for the visualisation of qantitive dietary guidelines and is intended for healthy adults. Food selection according to the DGE Nutrition Circle is a reliable basis for the implementation of a wholesome diet.

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Events and Educational Courses

The DGE organizes congresses, symposia, workshops and seminars regularly, mainly for nutritional experts and journalists.

There are various educational courses offered for professionals engaged in nutrition counselling and communal catering. The topics range, for example, from expert seminars on nutrition knowledge to seminars about counselling methods.


The budget of the DGE averages at 6.75 million Euro per year. Approximately 25 % is covered by own revenue (e. g. sale of media, fees for educational courses and memberships) and 75 % by public funds.

10 Guidelines for a Wholesome Diet

They summarise how a health-promoting sustainable diet can be implemented in everyday life and provide consumers with simple rules of conduct. All 10 guidelines do not imply strict commandments or prohibitions, but are recommendations leaving space for individual scope.

For the compilation of the 10 guidelines, nutritional criteria as well as aspects of prevention, sustainability and enjoyment were taken into account.

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nutritional recommendation

The German Three-Dimensional Food Pyramid

represents the German dietary guidelines. The Three-Dimensional Food Pyramid complements the DGE Nutrition Circle. The special feature of the Three-Dimensional DGE Food Pyramid is the combination of quantitative statements and qualitative statements in a single model.

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For further information, please contact:

German Nutrition Society
Godesberger Allee 136
53175 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0)228 3776-600
Fax: +49 (0)228 3776-800
E-mail: webmaster(at)