Healthier, more nutritious foods tend to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than those with low nutritional value, finds an analysis of more than 57,000 food items sold in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The mammoth study, published on 8 August in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1, is among the first to estimate the environmental impact of products made of multiple ingredients, rather than only individual foods. This information could help consumers to understand how items compare in terms of both nutrition and sustainability, says co-author Michael Clark, an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford, UK.
“What’s good for one is generally good for the other,” says Clark. “You don’t have to make a choice that’s good for the environment but might negatively impact your health.”
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