When it comes to nutrition tips, the importance of sustainability is often left out. Sharing responsibility for our environment doesn’t have to be difficult.
Eating more healthfully and sustainably go together. The sustainable nutrition tips below can benefit your health and our planet’s health at the same time.
1. Prioritise plants
Plants are rich sources of many nutrients that are important for good health. These include unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. There’s an increasing amount of research on the benefits of diets rich in plants. A recently published study followed more than 200,000 US adults for over 20 years. It found that eating a diet high in plant foods was associated with a 20% lower risk of diabetes (compared with individuals following a diet low in plant foods).
2. Minimise meat
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day. Sadly, methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2. Meat alternatives such as nuts as legumes aren’t just good for you – they also require way less food, water, land and overall energy.
3. Eat mindfully
Focus on what you are eating and reflect on where your food has come from. Which nutritional benefits does it have on your body? Where has it been sourced from? Is it in season? By thinking more about where your food comes from, you can adjust your consumption patterns and seek sustainable food sources that reduce waste.
It always seems a bit daunting to change your eating habits. You can get started with baby steps, so you won’t feel like you took a giant leap right away. By following all (or some!) of these sustainable nutrition tips, both your health and our environment will have a lot to be thankful for.