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

05/16/10

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"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."

You can read the full report online at:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/Y2809E/y2809e00.HTM



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It's great that the UN and WHO are putting out this information; however, unless I am mistaken, the article was put out in 2002. Not sure how this makes front page(or at least Vegseource's front page) nearly a decade after it was published.

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If this information was put out in 2002, I guess nobody really listened to it and changed diets !

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