Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Comparison of nutritional footprints of selected food ingredients


Komathy Nagarajan, R. Radha

Recieved Date: 2022-10-30, Accepted Date: 2022-12-16


The “Planetary Health Diet,” which is presented by EAT-Lancet, is a healthy and environmentally friendly model diet that aims to promote the wellbeing of the entire global population. The Nutritional Footprint distils the findings from four key environmental and health indicators into a succinct conclusion. Therefore this study was carried out with the objective to compare the nutritional footprint between selected vegetables, fruits and non-vegetarian foods. Several food groups and various foods among the groups like chilli, tomato, brinjal, bittergourd in vegetable group, guava, banana, papaya and lemon among fruits and within the animal foods hen, goat, duck and beef were considered for the study. The health indicators like energy, proteins, fat and fibre were referred from Indian food composition table and the environmental indicators were identified as material footprint, carbon footprint, land use and water use were calculated. Hence, the nutritional footprint was calculated by the average of the sum of the nutritional and environmental footprint. The study results highlight nutritional footprint of beef was high among the selected food ingredients which were recommended rarely. Vegetables and fruits had low effect and recommended without any restrictions. This novel idea called the nutritional footprint has the potential to impact sustainable transformation procedures in the crucial field of nutrition.


 Food ingredients, health indicators, environmental indicators, nutritional footprint

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2023
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 22-25

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