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The healthy eating guide for you and the planet

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The emission of greenhouse gases is probably the last thing on our minds when we eat our meals. Unfortunately, as with everything we consume, the production of food does contribute towards our carbon footprint and has an impact on the earth. While we can’t stop eating, we can choose to do so in more eco-friendly ways.

 

Eat local

If possible, try to eat locally-grown organic foods, especially those that are in season. This is probably the best way to lower your carbon footprint at mealtime. This is because the industrial production and transportation of imported food from around the world involves the use of pesticides, chemical fertilisers and fossil fuels to bring it to a supermarket near you.

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Eating more local produce than meat can help cut down on the impact to the environment.

‘Going local’ can have its benefits. Food tends to be fresher and retain more nutrients than imported ingredients. As it did not have to be specially packed and transported, it could even be cheaper too.

Fridges like the Electrolux ESE5687SB come with crispers that help to keep locally or organically grown produce garden fresh. This fridge model also uses refrigerant R600a, which not only produces a lower level of noise, but is also environmentally friendly.

 

Watch the packaging

Lots of commercially-packed foods tend to use unsustainable materials like plastic and Styrofoam in their packaging. Try to look for food items with minimal packaging, such as meat from a deli counter or unwrapped produce. To take them home, bring your own reusable bag rather than use the supermarket’s non-biodegradable plastic bag.

When it comes to drinks, try not to buy those in plastic bottles. Save money and reduce wastage by drinking tap water and using a reusable water bottle. If you’re worried about additives in the water, the Electrolux AquaSense water filtration jug can give you cleaner and healthier H20. The water filtration jug comes with 3M purification technology that removes limescale, heavy metals and organic impurities from your drink.

 

Eat less meat

Industrially farmed meat has the greatest impact on the environment, more so than other food categories. Raising animals for meat take up water and land resources, as well as contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Modern industrial farms tend to use lots of chemicals, fertilisers and fossil fuels in the process of getting food into supermarkets.  

Try to reduce the consumption of meat in your diet, and you’ll not only help the earth, but yourself. If you must eat meat, go for pasture-raised livestock, as they have less of an impact on the earth.

 

Save energy on cooking

Look into what can be eaten raw, like vegetables in salads. This saves energy that would have been used to power cooking appliances. When cooking, try to cook for several meals at once and store the leftovers in the fridge for later consumption. You’ll use less energy than if you cooked them separately.

 

The Electrolux EOB305X large capacity oven comes with several levels of shelves so you can cook larger portions or even different meals at once. The oven’s Ultra Fan convection cooking technology helps to circulate hot air evenly around the oven, so food is cooked evenly no matter where they are placed.

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