Research: A surprising percentage of greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to an unhealthy diet, according to research.
According to the latest research from the University of Leeds, eating less sweetened pastry and French fries helps to combat climate change. After looking at over 3000 non-branded and 40,000 branded food goods, the researchers discovered that unhealthy food and beverages were responsible for roughly 25% of diet-related carbon emissions.
A diet that is harmful to one's health also has a negative influence on the environment.
The research team looked at greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing and delivery of each food product and brand, and they tallied the nutrition of those foods using the World Health Organization's recommended nutrition consumption guidelines. The team then used "myfood24's" nutrient analysis software to analyze the food and drink consumption of 212 adults over the course of three days.
Consequently, meat is responsible for 32 percent of all diet-related carbon emissions. Beverage, dairy product, and sweet account for 15%, 14%, and 8% of the total, respectively. In terms of carbon emissions, meat-based foods emit 59 percent more carbon than vegetarian foods, while males emit 41 percent more carbon than females. The carbon emissions emitted from food should be lower if the individual's saturated fat, carbohydrate, and sodium intakes met the RNI (Recommended Nutrient Intakes) recommended by the World Health Organization.
(This article is reprinted from Taiwan Environmental Information Association; reprinted from Taiwan Environmental Infromation Association foriegn news; translated by JIANG,WEI; reviwed by LIN,DA-LI; original source: ENS)