Climate Friendly Diets Are Healthier

Exposing the Big Game

Eating less red meat and more plant-based protein is better for the climate and for people’s health.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff WriterJan. 24, 2019, at 6:00 a.m.
A healthy vegan/vegetarian lunch bowl of salads, grains, seeds, vegetables, avocado slices and a rich peanut-miso sauce.

A low-carbon diet consists of less red meat and dairy, and more beans, whole grains and plant-based proteins.(ENRIQUE DÍAZ/7CERO/GETTY IMAGES)

PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW A planet-friendly, diet eat healthier than those who don’t.

Food production is a major contributor to climate change, and a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who adhere to a climate-friendly diet, one that has a lower carbon footprint, eat healthier than those who don’t.

Diego Rose, lead author and a professor of nutrition and food security at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said in a press release that people who follow…

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