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New research:The healthiness and sustainability of national and global food based dietary guidelines

News | Published  16 July 2020

The analysis suggests that national guidelines could be both healthier and more sustainable.

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The healthiness and sustainability of national and global food based dietary guidelines: modelling study by Marco Springman et al and published today in the BMJ finds that Governments’ dietary guidelines are harming the planet.

The analysis suggests that national guidelines could be both healthier and more sustainable. Providing clearer advice on limiting in most contexts the consumption of animal source foods, in particular beef and dairy, was found to have the greatest potential for increasing the environmental sustainability of dietary guidelines, whereas increasing the intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and legumes, reducing the intake of red and processed meat, and highlighting the importance of attaining balanced energy intake and weight levels were associated with most of the additional health benefits. 

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