Increasing acres to decrease inches: Comparing the agricultural land requirements of a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet with a mypyramid diet

Jennifer Lynn Wilkins, Christian Peters, Michael W. Hamm, Erica Lynn Reinhardt

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Abstract

In low-carbohydrate, high-protein (LCHP) diets, the proportion of calories from animal products is high relative to plant food intake. To better understand some of the natural resource implications of LCHP diets, this analysis compared the agricultural land requirements of a popular LCHP diet (the Atkins diet) with a diet based on USDA MyPyramid (MP) recommendations. The LCHP diet required nearly twice as much (80% more) land than the MP diet, but feeding the people who currently follow LCHP diets would only require a modest increase in the total area of land harvested for food.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Atkins
  • Farm land
  • Low carbohydrate diet
  • MyPyramid
  • Obesity
  • Sustainability
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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