It looks like balance trumps granola. Scientists have always claimed that a plant-based diet benefits the environment more than animal-based diet. The problem is that no one has proven that. The authors of a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition set out to do just that and the results of their study showed that:
- “highest-quality” diets in health terms – those high in fruit, vegetables and fish – were linked to about as much, if not more, greenhouse gas emissions as low-quality diets that were high in sweets and salts.
- people who eat a plant-based diet need to eat more produce to get the amount of energy they’d have in a piece of meat