16 October 2019

World Food Day

Diet choices

Dietary guidelines in your country provide advice on how to make sure you get enough nutrients to be healthy and prevent chronic disease. FAO supports countries in the development, updating and implementation of these dietary guidelines, which are also used to develop nutrition policies and education programmes.

Eat plenty of fresh, ripe and seasonal vegetables and fruits daily and add more legumes, nuts and whole grains to your diet. Legumes and nuts are great sources of plant-based protein. What’s more, legumes can be cheaper than animal proteins. They’re also kinder on our planet.

Planet choices

Consider the environmental impact of the foods we eat, for example, some foods require more natural resources such as water to produce them. Try also to avoid buying foods that has excessive amounts of packaging.

Diversify your diet by adding traditional, locally grown and seasonal foods, in an effort to support biodiversity. Learn about their nutritional values and look up some recipes to cook meals using these ingredients.

Life choices

Many of us don’t prepare meals at home due to busy lifestyles and we rely increasingly on street food vendors, supermarkets, fast food outlets, or take-away food. Eating in company is important for your health and that of your children. Researchers have linked this with lower rates of obesity and eating disorders in youth.

Understanding labels can help you choose a healthy diet. Labels provide information on energy (usually calories), salt, sugar and fat etc. and help us to determine how nutritious a product is. They also tell us whether it’s safe to eat or not. Food may still be safe to eat after the “best before” date, it’s the “use by” date that tells you when it’s no longer safe.

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Everyone can play their part

Countries, decision makers and private businesses can also take action to promote healthy diets and achieve #ZeroHunger.

Farmers and Agribusinesses

The women and men who work in agriculture play a vital role in providing nutritious, affordable food. Their knowledge and traditional practices are vital in a world where food production faces challenges such as climate change and limited natural resources. These actions are a starting point for farmers and agribusinesses who want to make healthy diets available and build a #ZeroHunger world.

Governments and Institutions

Given the significant amount of money spent on health problems related to malnutrition, strategies and policies to ensure the availability and affordability of healthy diets make good business sense for countries and their governments. Here is a series of actions public entities can carry out now to help achieve healthy diets and #ZeroHunger.

Private businesses

Companies and private enterprises needs to positively influence the food environment to help provide affordable healthy diets and achieve #ZeroHunger. Whether you’re a food manufacturer, financial institution, media house or provide food to staff, you can make a difference, regardless of the size of your business – start with these actions.