Following on from our e-symposium on ’The Truth about Plant Proteins’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the symposium. If you missed the live symposium, you can register to watch the recordings.


The BASES Expert Statement on protein recommendations for athletes: amount, type and timing (2022). Bases. Expert statement in relation to protein in sports nutrition

Bending the Curve, The Restorative Power of Plant-Based Diets (2020). Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Key recommendations and strategic actions from the WWF

Sustainable Diets Policy (2021). The British Dietetic Association. Policy statement prepared by a specially convened BDA working group

Farm to Fork Strategy (2021). European Commission. Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system

Food Planet Health (2019). EAT Lancet. Summary report of the EAT-Lancet Commission

Net Zero – The UK’s Contribution to Stopping Global Warming (2019). Climate Change Committee. The Committee on Climate Change recommends a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050

Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles (2019). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO).  Report which aims to support the effects of countries as they work to transform food systems to deliver on sustainable healthy diets

Protein intake and exercise for optimal muscle function with aging (2014). Deutz et al. ESPEN.endorsed recommendations for protein intake in older adults


Plant-based food patterns to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and support muscle mass in humans (2022). Nichele et al. A narrative review discussing the role of plant proteins in human nutrition

Systematic review and meta-analysis of protein intake to support muscle mass and function in healthy adults (2022). Nunes. Systematic review finding that increasing daily protein ingestion results in small additional gains in lean body mass and lower body muscle strength gains in healthy adults enrolled in resistance exercise training

Protein Quality in Perspective (2022). Adhikari et al. A Review of Protein Quality Metrics and Their Applications

Perspective: Vegan Diets for Older Adults? (2022). Domic. A Perspective On the Potential Impact On Muscle Mass and Strength

No differences in muscle protein synthesis rates following ingestion of wheat protein, milk protein, and their protein blend in healthy, young males (2021). Pinckaers P et al. Comparison of animal protein to plant-based protein in muscle protein synthesis

High-Protein Plant-Based Diet Versus a Protein-Matched Omnivorous Diet to Support Resistance Training Adaptations (2021). Hevia-Larrain et al. A Comparison Between Habitual Vegans and Omnivores

Protein Quantity and Source, Fasting-Mimicking Diets, and Longevity (2019). Brandhorst et al. Narrative review summarising research on the impact of protein restriction on health and longevity in model organisms

The Role of the Anabolic Properties of Plant- versus Animal-Based Protein Sources in Supporting Muscle Mass Maintenance: A Critical Review (2019). Berrazaga et al. Plant vs animal-derived protein

Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers (2018). Poore J, Nemecek T. Findings to support an approach where producers monitor their own impacts

Protein for Life: Review of Optimal Protein Intake, Sustainable Dietary Sources and the Effect on Appetite in Ageing Adults (2018). Lonnie et al.

Proposing a Novel Index Reflecting Both Climate Impact and Nutritional Impact of Food Products (2017). van Dooren C et al. Relations between the climate impact of food products and their nutritional characteristics

Mycoprotein represents a bioavailable and insulinotropic non-animal-derived dietary protein source (2017). Dunlop et al. Study showing mycoprotein is a slowly digested protein but bioavailable dietary protein source

Dietary Sources of Vitamin B-12 and Their Association with Vitamin B-12 Status Markers in Healthy Older Adults in the B-PROOF Study (2015). Brouwer-Brolsma E et al. Study highlighting that dairy and meat were the most important contributors to serum vitamin B-12, followed by fish and shellfish


BDA Tips for a Sustainable DietBritish Dietetic Association (BDA). Tips from the BDA including sustainable fakeawayssustainable basketssustainable hacks and more

Sustainable Diet (2021). The British Dietetic Association (BDA). Food fact sheet from the BDA

Take a Bite Out of Climate Change ResourcesTake a Bite out of Climate Change. Materials aimed at schools and the general pubic on how food choices contribute to climate change. Includes ‘Climate Food Flashcards‘, ‘Climate Calculator‘ and Book ‘Food and Climate Change

Eating more sustainably (2017). Netherlands Nutrition Centre. Fact sheet

Food-based dietary guidelines – The Netherlands (2019). FAO. Dietary guidelines including the wheel of five: graphical representation of the food-based dietary guidelines for the Netherlands


The Alpro Foundation – Website for the Alpro Foundation

@BDA_Sustainable (Twitter) for the British Dietetic Association’s Sustainable Diets Specialist Group

@EATForum (Twitter) and EAT Forum (Website) for the EAT Forum


Changing Behaviours: From Policy to Table (2021) – Half day e-symposium looking into sustainable eating and the role of behaviour change and supporting resource blog

National Food Strategy: From What to How (2021) and National Food Strategy Digested (2021) and supporting resource blog

How to be Vegan Savvy: A Practical Guide (2021) A webinar with Azmnia Govindji RD discussing the key nutritional considerations when counselling clients who wish to adopt a vegan diet

Is a Sustainable Diet More Expensive? (2020) – 60 mins webinar with Dr Christian J Reynolds

If we stop eating meat, what happens to farmers? (2020). Interview with RNut Rhiannon Lambert for her Food for thought podcast on reducing meat intake

Sustainable Healthy Eating – What Does this Really Look Like? (2019) – 60 mins webinar with Dr Fabrice Declerck and RD Elphee Medici

Sustainable Diets – BDA One Blue Dot Webinar (2019) – 60 mins webinar with Tom Embury, Clare Pettinger and Lynne Garton