1a. Plant-based food preference – from a health perspective

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A plant-based diet can be described as one where at least 2/3 of the diet is composed of foods that either are plants or are made entirely from plants – e.g. whole fruit and vegetables, pasta, seeds, pulses and nut butters. Interest in following plant-based diets has increased in recent years; veganism having grown by 350% in the UK since 2006. The Eatwell Guide (the UK’s healthy eating guideline) is also actually composed of 75% plant-based foods.

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How can nutrition be sustainable..?

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I have a very deep rooted and personal interest in food, nutrition, the environment and sustainability. So, when I started studying nutrition academically and first heard the term ‘sustainable nutrition’ it’s safe to say my heart beat a little faster in excitement!

Definitions:

Sustainable – ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level’

Nutrition – ‘the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth’

Therefore, sustainable nutrition – ‘sustainable production of healthy, nutritious food as well as healthy diets sourced, made and disposed of sustainably’ (Forum for the Future)

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