|LiveWell Project Singles Out Western Diet|
The United States isn’t the only country in which food is a hot topic.
In fact, other areas of the globe are looking at the typical Western diet as a “what not to do” when it comes to revamping their own health and nutrition programs. But, are they actually making good recommendations after all?
The World Wildlife Federation [WWF]’s LiveWell United Kingdom project focuses on the food we eat and how it affects ecosystems and our bodies.
Over here in the States, MyPlate was recently introduced as an alternative to the Food Pyramid.
In the UK, the Eatwell plate considers a carbon footprint amongst nutritional value. WWF latched onto this notion with their own LiveWell plate. (Hopefully no bowl-lovers feel left out with all these plates!)
But here’s where it gets sort of counter-intuitive from an animal welfare standpoint: ”LiveWell shows that by reducing but not eliminating animal-based proteins from our diet we can meet recommendations for health and emissions reduction targets for 2020.”
On the contrary, other research coming out of Europe says that just dwindling one’s animal protein intake doesn’t go far enough for health or for the environment.
The report on the LiveWell plate is hoping to examine the diets of European countries and help them impact less of the environment while simultaneously eating more healthfully and nutritionally.
“Poor diets are contributing to people’s ill-health. This makes another strong case for changing dietary trends. Unhealthy diets combined with sedentary lifestyles are causing high rates of NCDs such as obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.”
Let’s take a look at the LiveWell plate’s recommendation for one of its pilot countries: Spain.
“Fruits and vegetables: 5 servings a day.” (Check.)
Source: GO MEDIA: Writen by Jessi Stafford - Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, mauricesvay