Eat-Lancet diet reduces death risk by 25%, study finds

Researchers reported recently in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that,

“[W]e developed an index to quantify adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet and assess its relation to mortality in a large, population-based Swedish cohort. Our main findings showed that those with the highest adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet had a 25% lower risk of mortality, with a clear linear trend. Detailed analyses of food components included in the diet indicated that several food components contributed to this observation, which highlights the importance of an overall healthy diet…”

“In our study, several of the food components included in the index, including higher consumption of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits and lower consumption of eggs, seemed to contribute to the lower mortality associated with high adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet…”

“Regarding seafood, there might be a potential conflict between dietary intake recommendations and sustainability, depending on the type of fish consumed and the production methods used…”

“In conclusion, we developed a new dietary index to investigate adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet, and this study indicates that the EAT-Lancet diet, as assessed with this EAT-Lancet index, is associated with a lower risk of mortality. Our findings show the value of providing a set of recommendations that reflects a dietary pattern, and contribute to the evidence base to be used when developing sustainable dietary guidelines and policies.”


Citation: Anna Stubbendorff, Emily Sonestedt, Stina Ramne, Isabel Drake, Elinor Hallström, Ulrika Ericson, Development of an EAT-Lancet index and its relation to mortality in a Swedish population, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2021; nqab369,

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My name is Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RDN. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist with expertise in environmental nutrition, food and nutrition policy, food and nutrition security, food justice, chronic disease prevention, regenerative & organic agriculture, and sustainable healthy dietary patterns. Currently, I serve on the Editorial Review Board and as a Column Editor for the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. I live in Bogota, Colombia with my husband, two teenagers (boy-girl twins), and our dog Honey. My website is: You can follow me on Instagram at:

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