This groundbreaking scientific report identifies specific targets and strategies essential to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement . As the most important lever to optimising human health and environmental sustainability, the report identifies planetary healthy diets and sustainable food production. The five strategies focus on governmental commitment to health food, quality production of healthy food, land and ocean governance and food waste (MF).
Do you know how to make healthy vegetable chips at home? This article shows that the supposably "healthy" veggie chips, when industrially processed, are equally unhealthy in terms of their fat, salt und acrylamide-content, as regular potato chips. It contains concrete tips on how to control an unhealthy acrylamide content in your home-made, healthy veggie chips. (MF)
Did you know lentils can reduce blood glucose levels? Legumes such as lentils are also very nutritious and can prevent chronic diseases through the decrease of blood glucose levels. This new study shows that replacing potatoes or rice with legumes can lower blood glucose levels by up to 35%. Eating lentils can therefore reduce the risk of diabetes Type 2. (MF)
This is an interview with Mark Bittman, a well-known cookbook author and lecturer at Columbia University's Mailmann School of Public Health. He describes the interconnections between food, public health and social justice. He emphasizes the need for change on various levels -- from food policy and agricultural regulations to concise nutritional guidelines. He also advocates for easy-to-understand dietary messages: a primarily plant-based diet, less sugar, and real, unprocessed food. (MF)
Nutrition and healthy foods are increasingly important in schools, because a large proportion of children and older students eat in school settings. This article gives voice to children, students, cafeteria managers and health professionals. It shows the importance of increasing nutrition information and awareness building about healthy food habits and nutrition. It is essential to involve children and parents in this process to strengthen their sense of responsibility for healthy nutrition.(MF)
In European countries, including Switzerland, health and well-being are shaped primarily by nutrition. The Swiss Nutrition Strategy describes, among other aspects, the current nutrition situation in Switzerland, based on the first comprehensive set of national nutrition data: "menuCH." Three challenges are identified for the period 2017 - 2024: 1) improving nutrition competencies, 2) improving the policy framework for nutrition, and 3) collaboration with the food industry. (MF)
The world's current nutrition situation among children is grave: 155 million children are stunted (too short for their age), 52 million are wasted (too thin for their age) and 41 million are overweight. The report argues that the various causes of malnutrition must be addressed through multi-sectoral approaches. These approaches will also improve health outcomes across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (MF)
Nutrition has an effect on our cardiovascular health. This randomized controlled trial compared a vegetarian diet with a Mediterranean diet, and showed that both diets can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors through different physiological mechanisms. Both diets follow healthy nutritional patterns, which include plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole wheat products and nuts. Both diets are balanced and limit intake of saturated fats. (MF)