Why promote plant-based diets? The guidelines are changing all the time.

Many food and health organisations recognise the importance of whole foods plant-based diets as an effective way of preventing many non-communicable diseases and reducing the environmental impact of diets. A growing number of cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention organisations, and food-based dietary guidelines from several countries highlight the importance of consuming diets centred on whole plant-based foods. Eating less beef and ultra-processed products are often provided as another important recommendation to reduce diet-related environmental impact and disease burden.


  • World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. ‘Plant-Based Diets and Their Impact on Health, Sustainability and the Environment: A Review of the Evidence: WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases’. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe, 2021. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/349086.
  • Klapp, Anna-Lena, Nico Feil, and Antje Risius. ‘A Global Analysis of National Dietary Guidelines on Plant-Based Diets and Substitutions for Animal-Based Foods’. Current Developments in Nutrition 6, no. 11 (November 2022): nzac144. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzac144.