Making healthy choices now is more than just for the good health of your body, but your food choices can be healthy for the environment too. You can make food choices which are sustainable, but it could be a little confusing – are healthy food choices sustainable too or are they completely different foods? Research has shown that foods which are good for the body are also good for the environment, which makes it easier to make sustainable food selections. Read on to find out how you can be eco friendly even in your food:
The concept of the double pyramid is quite innovative – it seeks to portray the way the ecological footprints of food are compared to the nutritional value of food. This pyramid, designed by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition in 2010, wanted to merge environmental issues with nutritional guidelines.
They explored the ecological footprint of different foods and their relation to issues such as water usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers discovered that the foods which are most eco-friendly are often the foods which are known as the healthiest for us, for example vegetables and fruits. They also found that most foods which damage our body also damage the environment, for example meats and cheeses.
The exceptions to the double pyramid rule are olive oil and sugary baked goods. Olive oil is extremely ecologically intensive but very healthy whereas sugary baked products are made from grain, but are not healthy for you at all.
Foods which are eco-friendly
The foods which have been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, bio-engineering and ionizing radiation, as specified by the USDA (the Agriculture department of US), is termed as organic food.
100% organic food is completely organic, foods labelled as ‘organic’ are 95 % organic, foods which have organic ingredients are 70% organic.
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