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A radical new 'planetary health diet' which suggests people should replace nearly all meat and dairy with beans while doubling their vegetable intake has been widely ridiculed by experts who say there is not substantial evidence to back up the recommendations.
The almost-entirely plant-based diet was outlined in a new report that aims to overhaul the world's food consumption and save the planet at the same time.
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The recommendations, which came from a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts across 16 countries, are largely based on previously published studies that have linked red meat to increased risk of health problems.
Under the diet, people are only allowed to eat one serving of red meat per week, less than four eggs per week and less than one serving of dairy per day. It works out daily as just a quarter of a rasher of bacon, a fifth of an egg or and one and a half chicken nuggets.
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The panel claims that following those guidelines could save millions of lives by slashing obesity rates.
However, nutritional experts have expressed concern that implementing such drastic diet changes across countries and cultures is irresponsible and could have unintended consequences.
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The report comes amid recent studies of how eating habits affect the environment. Producing red meat takes up land and feed to raise cattle, which also emit the greenhouse gas methane.
John Ioannidis, chair of disease prevention at Stanford University, said he welcomed the growing attention to how diets affect the environment, but that the report's recommendations do not reflect the level of scientific uncertainties around nutrition and health.
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'The evidence is not as strong as it seems to be,' Ioannidis told AP.
The report was organized by EAT, a Stockholm-based nonprofit seeking to improve the food system, and published Wednesday by the medical journal Lancet. The...
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