How a Mediterranean diet can help achieve sustainability goals

The Mediterranean diet is already known for its host of health benefits, but it’s being praised for its low environmental footprint too.

The diet includes consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, fish and low consumption of red and processed meats.

Here’s how following a Mediterranean diet can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

Farm-to-table philosophy

The Mediterranean diet encourages eating locally-grown produce, limiting transportation and the accompanying environmentally-harmful packaging.

Limiting meat consumption

Mediterranean dietary patterns have a small water footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions, due to low consumption of animal products.

Minimal processing

Most Mediterranean diet meals are prepared from scratch by home cooks, decreasing the need for processing methods and packaging.

Easy to follow

The Mediterranean diet offers variety and flexibility, plus the foods that comprise it are easily obtained. This makes it a healthy diet that is easy to stick to, meaning you’re less inclined to reach for highly-processed and over-packaged foods that are bad for the environment.



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