Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Using dietary quality scores to assess sustainability of food products and human diets: A systematic review
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Bioscience and Materials, Agrifood and Bioscience.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Bioscience and Materials, Agrifood and Bioscience.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Bioscience and Materials, Agrifood and Bioscience.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9659-3709
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Bioscience and Materials, Agrifood and Bioscience.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0167-5603
2018 (English)In: Ecological Indicators, ISSN 1470-160X, E-ISSN 1872-7034, Vol. 93, p. 219-230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The increased recognition of inter-relationships between the environmental and health effects of food has resulted in a new fast-growing research area. Development of methods for integrated analysis of environmental and nutritional impacts is essential to facilitate policy decisions and actions for sustainable food systems. Dietary quality scores is one of the methods suggested to combine environmental and nutritional assessments of foods, meals and diets. This systematic review provides an overview of how dietary quality scores are used in environmental sustainability studies of food products and diets. The review includes 24 articles applying 20 different types of dietary quality scores. We describe current approaches used to combine environmental and nutritional assessments, discuss methodological choices of importance and their impact on results, and identify research gaps that require further efforts to push the current frontier of knowledge. Based on our analysis we identify two different categories of dietary quality scores and four approaches used to integrate environmental and nutritional assessments. There is a large number of methods available to quantify a dietary quality score: which one is chosen as well as how they are combined with environmental assessments can affect the results, and hence also the conclusions of which foods that are more sustainable to eat. This is critical to understand for the set-up of studies and for the interpretation of results and drawing conclusions. Our categorization of existing methods used, how they differ, what applications they are suited for, and which methodological challenges they involve increases the understanding of what analyzes are possible today and point out areas where methods are lacking and where more research is required. Continued efforts are needed to bring about a transition to sustainable food systems that do not exceed the planets ecological limits and promote healthy populations. This systematic review provides guidance for future use and development of methods within the field of sustainable nutrition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 93, p. 219-230
Keywords [en]
Dietary quality, Environmental impact, Food, Health, Indicator, Nutrition, Food products, Indicators (instruments), Quality control, Sustainable development, Environmental and health effects, Environmental assessment, Environmental sustainability, Healthy population, Integrated analysis, Inter-relationships, Number of methods, Systematic Review
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-34360DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.071Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046632349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-34360DiVA, id: diva2:1237175
Note

 Funding details: 2016-00308, Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas; Funding details: Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas; Funding text: The study was financially supported by FORMAS – The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (grant no 2016-00308 )

Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-08-07 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records BETA

Woodhouse, AnnaSonesson, Ulf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Woodhouse, AnnaSonesson, Ulf
By organisation
Agrifood and Bioscience
In the same journal
Ecological Indicators
Natural Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 85 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
v. 2.35.7