The Planetary Diet - could you live by it?

in food •  3 months ago

Yesterday, scientists launched a revolutionary diet, dubbed the Planetary Diet, which promises to be healthier for humans than our current diet, and to be better and more sustainable for the planet.

Source: EAT-Lancet Commission
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Here's what it consists of, according to the BBC:

Nuts - 50g a day
Beans, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes - 75g a day
Fish - 28g a day
Eggs - 13g a day (so one and a bit a week)
Meat - 14g a day of red meat and 29g a day of chicken
Carbs - whole grains like bread and rice 232g a day and 50g a day of starchy vegetables
Dairy - 250g - the equivalent of one glass of milk
Vegetables -(300g) and fruit (200g)
The diet has room for 31g of sugar and about 50g worth of oils like olive oil.

This is more or less what we currently eat around the world

I don't normally post Facebook links, but in this case it's incredibly instructive to have a look at a project that a group called Avantgardens did a couple of years ago.

They got families from 27 different countries to put together their typical groceries for a week, and photographed the results.

What the World Eats - Families with their weekly stash of food. American photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio have traveled the world documenting that most basic of human behaviors—what we eat. Their project, “Hungry Planet,” depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week—and what it costs.

The comparison is staggering. And in light of the new, proposed Planetary Diet, perhaps we need to radically rethink our diets.

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What about hamburger essence?

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Excellent question. Do you smell it or eat it? Or do something else with it?