EAT-Lancet Report's Recommendations are Achievable if Nutrition Education is Included, Says Academy

January 18, 2019

CHICAGO – Many dietary recommendations in a report released January 16 by the EAT-Lancet Commission are achievable if people around the world also receive guidance in nutrition and meal planning, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

The report, Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems, addresses global health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems and economic and political governance.

The report calls for a substantial global shift towards healthy dietary patterns, large reductions in food loss and waste, and major improvements in food production practices. It also recommends a new, universal healthy reference diet largely consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and unsaturated oils; a low-to-moderate amount of seafood and poultry; and very little red meat, processed meat, added sugar, refined grains and starchy vegetables.

"These findings on what constitutes a healthful eating plan are not new to the Academy and to the nation's registered dietitian nutritionists, and a number of the EAT-Lancet recommendations are in line with existing recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans," said registered dietitian nutritionist Mary Russell, President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"The Academy has long supported evidence-based and informed diet and health recommendations that take into account the impact on the environment. Academy members provide ongoing education on food choices and meal planning, nutrition quality, sustainability and food access," Russell said.

For a personalized approach to meeting nutritional goals, the Academy recommends consumers consult with a registered dietitian nutritionist. To find an RDN, visit eatright.org.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at eatright.org.