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Scientists reveal ideal diet that can prevent 11 million deaths each year

Feeding a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050 with a healthy, sustainable diet will be impossible without transforming eating habits

Kate Kelland | Reuters  |  London 

Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its populations — including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. If the world followed the “Planetary Health” diet, the researchers said, more than 11 million premature deaths could be prevented each year, while greenhouse gas emissions would be cut and more land, water and biodiversity would be preserved. “The food we eat and how we produce it determines the health of people and the planet, and we are ...

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First Published: Sun, January 20 2019. 00:51 IST