More greens and less meat, says Food Agency
Eat more fruit and vegetables, and no more than 500 grams of red meat a week. Those are among the new nutrition recommendations from Sweden's National Food Agency, which will come into effect next year.
The new recommendations also take into account our impact on the environment, as well as nutritional factors, Swedish Radio News reports.
"They go hand in hand", project manager Åsa Brugård Konde from the Food Agency says, "it's both good for your health and the environment to reduce the amount of meat you eat and to increase the amount of vegetables."
We should eat twice the amount of fruit and vegetables, the agency says, 500 grams a day, and they especially recommend root vegetables and pulses, like chickpeas, lentils or dried peas and beans.
The reason for the new recommendations is the growing level of obesity among Swedes, and the Food Agency also says people should be more active.
"Physical activity doesn't have anything to do with food exactly", Åsa Brugård Konde says, "but in one way being more active means you can eat more, and then the chances are greater that you will get all the vitamins and minerals that you need."