The foods and drinks we choose are important for our health and the health of the planet. Globally, food production is responsible for about a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, uses over two-thirds of fresh water and over a third of available land.
Our global population is growing, with an increasing demand for food, but it is important for the health of the planet that we find ways to produce this food using less land, water, and energy. The environmental impact of different foods can vary but there are some general principles we can all follow to aim for a healthier and more sustainable diet.
This year’s Healthy Eating Week aims to help everyone learn more about what they can do to have a healthier and more sustainable diet by focusing on five themes:
- Focus on fibre – for meals and snacks
Have more wholegrain foods, fruit and vegetables, beans, peas, and lentils.
- Get at least 5 A DAY – put plenty on your plate
Have at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
- Vary your protein – be more creative
Eat a wider variety of protein foods and choose plant protein sources more often.
- Stay hydrated- fill up from the tap
Have about 6-8 drinks a day and choose reusable or recyclable drinks containers.
- Reduce food waste – know your portions
Aim for the right amount when you shop, cook, and eat to avoid throwing food away
For recipes you can try this week are at nutrition.org.uk/healthy-eating-week/resources/recipes