A NewVistas community will produce a sustainable mix of agricultural production that concentrates heavily on grains, fruits, and vegetables. The diet of a globally scalable community would have to reflect the same mix - although the community does not necessarily seek to produce all of its own food and does not attempt to regulate participants' eating habits.
Paper (Switzer 2009) outlines nutritional content of many foods and defines a model diet - including 253 lbs of fruit, 352 lbs of vegetables, and 286 lbs of grains.
Alternative (Ovuoba 2012) food model reflects a diet comprised of 10% animal products (by calorie), rather than 27% animal products (by calorie). Approximately 2300 more acres for agriculture are required.
Spreadsheet (Ovuoba 2012) summarizes the distribution of animal products in the NewVistas diet. Animal products will account for 10% of total calories. This requires approximately 2300 additional acres for the added vegetation.
Article (New York Times 2014) describes a shift from corn to vegetables occuring accross the nation.
Document (World Health Organization 2004) explains the vitamin and mineral requirements for a healthy diet.
Paper (Neil 2012) describes ideal diet from scientific standpoint, recommending no more than 10% of calories to come from animal products, and the rest from unprocessed plant foods.
Official article (ADA 2009) outlines the feasibility and health benefits of a vegetarian diet. In depth, science based explanation of individual nutrient needs met and of each health benefit gained.
Web page (Fuhrman) link to a food pyramid based on nutrient density. Low-calorie, nutrient dense foods are the foundation of the diet, while higher-calorie, nutrient poor foods are at the top.