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BDA OBD® Sustainable Diets

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16 Jan 2019
BDA OBD® Sustainable Diets

One Blue Dot® (OBD®) is the BDA's Environmentally Sustainable Diets Toolkit which was created following the BDA Sustainable Diets Policy document released in November 2017. The OBD® toolkit provides scientific information and practical resources to help dietitians bring sustainable diets to life with their consumers. This is a "live" toolkit, and the BDA plans to update and provide more helpful information in 2019. 

Why has the BDA focused on sustainable diets?

Our food choices account for up to 30% of GHG emmissions, are responsible for the majority of water use, soil degradation and water pollution, deforestation and biodiversity loss as well as fish stock depletion and loss of the ecosystem.  The BDA OBD® aims to provide dietitians with all the scientific and practical tools to be able to  reconcile the nutritional and environmental science to give consistent messages about a healthy, sustainable and varied diet.  As part of the toolkit, the BDA also tackles challenges that may result for vulnerable groups and individuals (e.g. those suffering ill health, pregnant women, people on low incomes, and older adults).

BDA OBD® Reference guide: Eating patterns for health and environmental sustainability

BDA OBD®  Reference guide: Eating patterns for health and environmental sustainability

This reference guide forms the basis of the toolkit.  It's key focus is the relationship between sustainable and healthy eating. Fully referenced, this is an invaluable document providing all the facts and figures, critique of the latest scientific evidence, government policies and implications for eating a diet predominantly based on plant foods whilst meat and dairy intakes are moderated.


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BDA OBD® Nutritional Considerations

BDA OBD® Nutritional Considerations

The BDA OBD® Environmentally Sustainable Diet means the reduction in red meat and moderation of dairy produce.  As these food groups are major contributors to key micro-nutrients and protein in the diet, the BDA OBD® has undertaken an extensive scientific review to understand the consequences of following a diet with more plant foods and less red meat and dairy on the nutritional status of individuals.

The nutrients considered:

  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D


These documents are currently only available to BDA members.

CLICK HERE  to access the documents

BDA OBD® Other plant sources of key nutrients

BDA OBD® Other plant sources of key nutrients

Practical information on how to advise individuals on how to obtain key red meat and dairy nutrients from plant sources.  Information is provided on current intakes, recommended daily intakes, groups at risk of deficiency, where supplements may be advised and extensive lists of plant food sources of the key nutrients:

  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D


These documents are currently only available for BDA members.

CLICK HERE to access the documents

BDA OBD® Meal Swaps

BDA OBD® Meal Swaps

Bringing things to life, the BDA OBD® Meal Swaps demonstrate how some of the UK's favourite dishes can easily be transformed to become more plant-based, sustainable and nutritious.


This resource is currently only available for BDA members.

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The BDA OBD® Sustainable Diets' Webinar

The BDA OBD® Sustainable Diets' Webinar

Three of the BDA members behind this invaluable resource - Tom Embury - Public Affairs Officer BDA, Dr Clare Pettinger RD & Lynne Garton RD - provide us with an insight behind the BDA OBD® development and the evidence supporting environmentally sustainable diets that are healthy and nutritious. This is the recording of the live webinar which took place on the 14th November 2018.


Click here to view the recording