How much red meat should you eat each day?
Scientists have released what they say is the ideal diet for your health and the health of the planet.
The new Planetary Health diet involves doubling the consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and halving meat and sugar intake.
Researchers believe that if everyone followed the diet, more than 11 million premature deaths could be prevented each year, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced, more land, water and biodiversity would be preserved and food waste would be minimised.
“The food we eat and how we produce it determines the health of people and the planet, and we are currently getting this seriously wrong,” said Tim Lang, a professor at Britain’s University of London who co-led the research.
He added that feeding a population estimated to be 10 billion people by 2050 with a healthy, sustainable diet will be impossible without transforming eating habits.
“We need a significant overhaul, changing the global food system on a scale not seen before,” he said.
Many life-threatening chronic diseases are linked to poor diets, including obesity, diabetes, malnutrition and several types of cancer, with unhealthy diets causing more death and disease worldwide than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined.
The Planetary Health diet suggests that consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar should be cut by 50 per cent, while consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes should double. Suggested meat consumption would be restricted to 14g a day.
Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source:News Corp Australia
“More than 800 million people have insufficient food, while many more consume an unhealthy diet that contributes to premature death and disease,” said Walter Willett of Harvard University.
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Would you adopt this diet for your health and that of the planet?