If you want to improve your health and the health of the environment, you might be happy to see proposed changes to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are updated every five years. This is the first time some of the proposed recommendations are rooted in food sustainability and environmental practices.
Be Green to be Healthy
The proposed changes explain that a plant-based diet is associated with “lower greenhouse gas emissions and more favorable land, water, and energy use.” A plant-based diet includes more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, and fewer animal-based products.
If the proposed updates are passed, they have the potential for large-scale environmental impact. This is because the Dietary Guidelines are taught by health professionals and serve as the backbone of federal nutrition programs.