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Australia’s Appetite For Sustainability Soars

MyFitnessPal 3 mins read

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 14TH DECEMBER 2023 - Following Australia’s warmest winter since records began in 1910, Aussies concern for the environment is impacting the nations diet choices. 

Recent findings from number one global nutrition and food tracking app, MyFitnessPal, reveal over half (55%) of Australians are actively changing their diet due to environmental concerns. 

 

While it’s broadly understood that our food choices impact the environment, millennials seem to have the biggest appetite for sustainable solutions, with almost two thirds (64%) of this demographic changing their diet. 

 

One such millennial is 36- year-old Sydney sider Daniella Doughan, who said “Over the past year, I’ve become far more conscious of how the food I'm eating could be impacting the environment. The main change I’ve made to my diet is reducing the amount of meat and dairy I consume. I used to have meat with most of my meals but now I might only eat it once or twice a week.”

When making the changes to her diet, Daniella said balancing nutritional considerations with considerations for the planet was her biggest focus. 

 

“I think there’s a perception in Australia that reducing meat in our diet means we’ll miss out on certain nutrients but I haven’t had that experience. I keep track of my meals to ensure I’m getting enough protein and calcium from other food groups.” said Daniella.  

 

While the planet is the priority for Aussies changing their diets, reducing meat consumption can have some other surprising benefits for health and wellbeing. 

 

“From skipping heavy meat meals, particularly before bed, I’ve also found that I actually have more energy, and sleep better. For me, it’s been a positive step for my health and wellbeing, as well as helping to play a small part for the environment.” continued Daniella. 

 

Sleep nutrition expert and MyFitnessPal ambassador Olivia Arezzolo, explained the nutritional science behind sleep, “Reducing red meat consumption, particularly in evening meals, could be having an impact on the duration and quality of sleep. Research indicates diets high in fatty fish, healthy fats, for example avocado or nuts and legumes can enhance sleep quality. On the other hand, diets rich in saturated fat, from fried foods for example, and sugar, or red meat can compromise it,” she said.

“Reducing red meat consumption is not only good for the planet but also our sleep, which in turn can impact our levels of focus, mood and stress.” said Olivia. 

 

For those concerned about their food choices and the environment, fruit and vegetables, water and pulses and legumes, came out on top for food groups Aussies would increase. Meanwhile, red meat, take-away food and processed foods were on the list to reduce. 

 

“Getting the nutrients we need is important for our health and wellbeing so I would encourage anyone considering a diet change to track their food intake. Apps like MyFitnessPal can be invaluable in helping to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.” continued Olivia. 

 

With over 200 million users worldwide, MyFitnessPal is helping Aussies track their diets ‘foodprint’, supporting Aussies to make changes that benefit their health and the health of the planet, through the ‘Eat Green’ plan.

 

MyFitnessPal’s recently launched ‘Sleep’ app integration has also been created to help users more easily keep track of how their food choices impact their sleep - giving them insights into their ‘wellness trifecta’ in one place.

 

By presenting users with sleep cycle information using data from connected sleep devices (such as Apple Watch or FitBit), alongside their food diary, users can see how their nutritional choices are impacting their sleep and overall well being.

 

To learn more about the ‘Eat Green’ plan or Sleep integration, visit www.myfitnesspal.com. MyFitnessPal is free for download via App Store and Google Play

 

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Notes to Editor:

  • Temperature based on Bureau of Meteorology reports (Australia Winter in 2023 - Temperatures).

  • All other data provided by a national survey (1,000 Australian participants) conducted on behalf of MyFitnessPal, October 2023.  

 


Key Facts:

  • Following Australia’s warmest winter on record, new research from MyFitnessPal reveals over half of Aussies (55%) are actively changing their diet due to environmental concerns

  • Millennials are most likely to change their diet (64%), with one saying “From skipping heavy meat meals, particularly before bed, I’ve found that I actually have more energy, and sleep better.”

  • Sleep nutrition expert Olivia Arezzolo said “Reducing red meat consumption is not only good for the planet but also our sleep.”

  • With over 200 million users worldwide, MyFitnessPal is helping Aussies track their diets ‘foodprint’, supporting Aussies to make changes that benefit their health and the health of the planet, through the Eat Green plan


Contact details:

For more information about MyFitnessPal, contact: myfitnesspal@iconagency.com.au

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