Meeting report: plant-rich dietary patterns and health

Jayne V. Woodside*, Qi Sun, Baukje de Roos, Eric B. Rimm, Frank B. Hu, Mirjam M. Heinen, Claire T. McEvoy, Carmen Piernas, Pauline F. D. Scheelbeek, Jonathan Rushton, Hannah Ensaff, Sarah F. Brennan, Lorraine Brennan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dietary patterns (DP) rich in plant foods are associated with improved health and reduced non-communicable disease risk. In October 2021, the Nutrition Society hosted a member-led conference, held online over 2 half days, exploring the latest research findings examining plant-rich DP and health. The aim of the present paper is to summarise the content of the conference and synopses of the individual speaker presentations are included. Topics included epidemiological analysis of plant-rich DP and health outcomes, the effects of dietary interventions which have increased fruit and vegetable (FV) intake on a range of health outcomes, how adherence to plant-rich DP is assessed, the use of biomarkers to assess FV intake and a consideration of how modifying behaviour towards increased FV intake could impact environmental outcomes, planetary health and food systems. In conclusion, although there are still considerable uncertainties which require further research, which were considered as part of the conference and are summarised in this review, adopting a plant-rich DP at a population level could have a considerable impact on diet and health outcomes, as well as planetary health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the Nutrition Society
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2022


  • diet
  • health
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • dietary patterns
  • plant-rich dietary patterns


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