Foods that buck the trend

  • Fish is generally a healthy choice but have a bigger environmental footprint on average.
  • High-sugar foods have a low impact on the planet but are damaging to your health.
  • Some farming groups argue only intensively produced meat is harmful to the environment.
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Global ill-health costs from diabetes alone are similar to the total value of farming in the global economy.

  • Researchers calculated that producing unprocessed red meat has the highest impact on all environmental indicators.
  • Food with medium environmental impacts or not associated with ill health, such as refined grain cereals, dairy, eggs, and chicken, could help improve health and reduce environmental harm if they replace foods such as red meat.

Producing a reasonable guideline for a healthy and sustainable diet would put the world and its people in a much better place.

Food affects the environment

Eating healthy food is almost always also the best for the environment.

Researchers say poor diets seriously harm people and the planet. Foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are best for avoiding disease and protecting the climate and water resources, while red and processed meat cause the most ill health and pollution.

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Carbon Footprints

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use, and end-of-life of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans.

Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing and food. 

There are simple choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the environment.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - A Year of Living Better Guides

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Do:

  • Keep in mind that the usual recommendation is eight glasses per day of fluid.
  • Set regular reminders to ensure we are hydrating our bodies.
  • You can add slices of cucumber, lemon or orange to the glass of water, for extra flavor.
Don't drink sweetened beverages such as soft drinks and soda because of high sugar content.

    Food for thought: 7 tips on keeping a healthy diet

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    Flexitarian Diet

    The flexitarian diet is a plant-based diet that claims to reduce your carbon footprint & improve your health with an eating regimen that's mostly vegetarian but allows for the occassional meat dish.

    This diet is the outcome of people who are adopting a more environmentally sustainable approach to their eating habits by reducing meat consumption in favor of alternative protein sources including nuts, beans, peas, and other legumes.

    What is a flexitarian diet?

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