What Does a True Sustainable Diet Look Like?

Making sustainable food choices is a fact of life. Every person’s food choices make a difference in the environment and in the quantity and quality of future foods. For example, eating a diet high in meats uses a tremendously higher amount of water than a plant-based diet. Since fresh water needs to be sustained, food choices that decrease water usage or recycle water are essential. Foods such as plant-based protein powder by LENTEIN® are made in water that is approximately 98-percent recycled. This creates sustainability for the product and the environment. People have the ability to make food selections that also increase sustainability for the environment and the production of the food. One of the best ways to go about this process is to learn more about the companies and products that are working to improve sustainable diets.

The Climate Factor

Consider the farmer’s crops whose success depends on the climate. Climates that are too dry or too wet can affect the growth of foods. Climates are influenced by higher usages of fossil fuels including burning coal and oil, which can create higher periods of drought or flooding. As a farmer in an underdeveloped country, for instance, a lack of crops means no food for one’s family. As a result, families are food insecure and also may not have the income from the sale of the food to support their basic needs. A sustainable diet on everyone’s part, helps to reduce the use of fossil fuels which can help to maintain traditional climates and crops. LENTEIN® uses an aqua farm to minimally process water lentils into a nutritious protein powder. Since the water is recycled, this protein powder is an ideal part of a sustainable diet.

Eat Local

Purchasing local foods from a farmer’s market is a great way to eat sustainably. Supporting local farmers, who are striving to grow foods in an organic manner year after year, helps to sustain the crops and local income. Another benefit of purchasing foods such as fruits and vegetables from local farmers is the variety of foods that are available for seasonal eating. Instead of choosing to eat foods that are not in season, a sustainable eater selects meals based on fruits and vegetables available in the current season. This lets local farmers sell their current crops to local markets and decreases the cost of transporting crops long distances, which impacts the environment by burning more petroleum. A sustainable diet looks at all of these factors when making food choices in addition to the added benefit of eating seasonal foods that are riper, more flavorful and higher in nutritional value. In addition, when purchasing foods from local farmers, a sustainable eater can ask questions about pesticides or other chemicals used in food production.

Eat Sustainably Produced Foods

Filling a plate with more foods that are sustainable, even if it is not 100-percent sustainable, still improves one’s health and the health of the environment. This includes cutting down on meat-based meals which use more water for production and gas for transportation of animals and meat products. Limiting meat choices also helps to improve the conditions of animals that are grown specifically for eating since fewer animals will be needed if more people choose sustainable foods. As a sustainable protein alternative, LENTEIN® provides 10 grams of protein per serving and can be easily added into shakes, smoothies, soups and cereals. The protein powder is made from water lentils in a sustainable environment. The powder easily fits into a plant-based, vegan, diet, which supports sustainability and overall well-being.

Sustainable food choices help to support the body’s health and the health of the environment. It is still important to eat a variety of foods to provide the body with the nutrients it needs for bone, brain, skin, muscle, heart and other organ health. Always speak with your doctor before beginning any new eating program to be certain that sustainable food choices will work for you. Making conscientious choices and being aware of where food comes from are key tips to starting a sustainable diet journey. Over time, sustainability becomes a habit and one that will last. The more people discuss sustainability with each other and educate each other on the benefits of sustainable foods, the greater impact humans have on the environment.