World Health Org and UN recommend populations eat plant-based diets

23 May

“Households should select predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, pulses or legumes, and minimally processed starchy staple foods.”

Says who?

Say experts from the World Health Organization and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in a landmark report.

Quoting the report:

“Populations should consume nutritionally adequate and varied diets, based primarily on foods of plant origin with small amounts of added flesh foods. Households should select predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, pulses or legumes, and minimally processed starchy staple foods. The evidence that such diets will prevent or delay a significant proportion of non-communicable chronic diseases is consistent. A predominantly plant-based diet has a low energy density, which may protect against obesity.

And another excellent quote..

“Although two-thirds of the world’s population depends on cereal or tuber-based diets, the other one-third consumes significant amounts of animal food products. The latter group places an undue demand on land, water, and other resources required for intensive food production, which makes the typical Western diet not only undesirable from the standpoint of health but also environmentally unsustainable. If we balance energy intake with the expenditure required for basal metabolism, physical activity, growth, and repair, we will find that the dietary quality required for health is essentially the same across population groups.”

Sourced from Vegsource.com: http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/05/world-health-org-and-un-recommend-populations-eat-plant-based-diets.html

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2 Responses to “World Health Org and UN recommend populations eat plant-based diets”

  1. Jenn December 23, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    GREAT post! Thank you for sharing this! I love it. Do you mind if I share it on my blog? I won’t do so without your permission of course and will refer to your blog. I am a physician who advocates a plant-based diet. A friend and I recently started a blog on plant-based diets as a resource for those who are interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet. We have lots of other plans too, but one step at a time. 🙂 lmk and thanks again for the great post. Glad I found your blog…subscribing now! Jenn (www.theplantrx.com)

    • veghunter December 29, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      Hi, thanks for visiting. I do not mind you sharing it on your blog at all! I will post a link to your blog on my blog!
      Come visit again.

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