Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health

Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health

Globally, more than 820 million people remain undernourished and concurrently, prevalence of diseases associated with high-calorie, unhealthy diets are increasing, with 2.1 billion adults overweight or obese and the global prevalence of diabetes nearly doubling in the past 30 years.

It insists that not only would people be healthier, but it would also reduce the damaging effects of climate change, soil erosion, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.

The diet is based on cutting red meat and sugar consumption in half and increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and nuts, CNN reported.

The "Great Food Transformation" envisioned by the commission acknowledges that the world population is on track to reach an estimated 10 billion by 2050.

A considerable increase in plant-based diets is also necessary to ensure the earth's resources do not run out.

Chicken consumption would have to fall to 29g a day, while dairy consumption would stop at a single glass of milk, 250ml, or even less, it said, if you have butter or cheese.

Eggs would be restricted to around 1.5 per week. The EAT-Lancet Commission, consisting of 37 experts in food, agricultural and health, addressed the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to the planet.

'While this is unchartered policy territory and these problems are not easily fixed, this goal is within reach and there are opportunities to adapt global, local and business policies.

"The scientific targets we have devised for a healthy, sustainable diet are an important foundation which will underpin and drive this change".

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We know that diet is the key to unlocking your healthiest self, but this time, researchers have found a diet that could actually save the world.

For Ireland, the food and drink industry is worth approximately €12 billion, and this is heavily contributed to by beef and dairy production.

Findings from the experts are reported in the latest issue of The Lancet medical journal.

In the next 31 years, they said the world should aim to halve the current amount of food waste.

"The real danger of this report is that, because it is so well backed financially and is being launched across the globe with little acknowledgment of regional differences, it will be taken at face value by people in the United Kingdom who may then put their health at risk and even worsen their personal carbon footprint".

Alongside its report, the commission put out a brief (pdf) identifying top takeaways and specific actions that individuals can take to help transform the global food system.

Further reducing red meat consumption in the United Kingdom could have a detrimental impact on public health, AHDB has warned in response to a high profile report recommending a major reduction in how much meat we eat.

Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, huge swathes of carbon-absorbing forests â€'- mostly in Brazil -â€' are cut down every year to make room for them.

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the IEA, accused the authors of the planetary health diet of campaigning for a "nanny state".

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