Climate Friendly Diets Are Healthier

Sharon Palmer

The evidence is clear: plant-based, climate friendly diets are better for humans and the planet. These diets, rich in whole plant foods, result in health benefits, as well as reductions in carbon footprint, water usage, and land usage to support food production. A new study backs this up, finding that eating less red meat and more plant-based protein is better for the climate and for people’s health. People who follow a planet-friendly diet eat healthier than those who don’t, according to the scientists. Food production is a major contributor to climate change, and the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who adhere to a climate-friendly diet—one that has a lower carbon footprint—eat healthier than those who don’t. Researchers looked at the diets of 16,000 Americans and ranked them by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per 1,000 calories consumed. They also rated the nutritional value of the diets using the U.S. Healthy Eating Index.

The moral of the study: eat climate friendly diets focusing on more plants and fewer animals—for your health and the health of the planet.

Read more about this study here.

Image: Thai Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

For more studies on plant-based diets and health, check out the following:

My Take on the EAT-Lancet Report on Sustainable, Healthy Diets
High Fiber, Lower Mortality
Eat More Plants, Weigh Less

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