Food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) are government-endorsed documents providing recommendations and advice on healthy diets & lifestyles. Like all forms of policy, they have important implications for national food environments, global health and sustainability, which were evaluated in this recent study. A brief summary of its findings:
While many FBDGs were moderately successful at meeting global health targets, an overwhelming majority fell short of environmental targets.
Questions to consider:
Should sustainability be a key consideration in formulating health and dietary recommendations (and by extension, in clinical practice)?
In what other ways can health policy contribute to sustainable goals?