Top 10 benefits of #MeatlessMonday (Video)


Did you know that Americans eat twice as much meat now compared to the amount
consumed in 1960? Yikes! You've hard that too much red meat is hard on your heart, your body and
our environment, but have you heard of a weekly action called
Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative that
provide the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy,
environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives. Thier goal is to help you reduce
your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the
health of the planet.


 

So what are the health & environmental
benefits of Meatless Monday?

  • LIMIT CANCER RISK: Hundreds of
    studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may

    reduce cancer risk
    . Both red and processed meat consumption are
    associated with

    colon cancer
    .
  • REDUCE HEART DISEASE: Recent data
    from a Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich
    foods (for example, meat and full fat dairy) with foods that are rich in
    polyunsaturated fat (for example, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds)

    reduces the risk of heart disease by 19%
  • FIGHT DIABETES: Research suggests
    that higher consumption of red and processed meat

    increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
    .
  • CURB OBESITY: People on low-meat or
    vegetarian diets have significantly

    lower body weights and body mass indices
    . A recent study from Imperial
    College London also found that reducing overall meat consumption can
    prevent long-term weight gain
    .
  • LIVE LONGER: Red and processed meat
    consumption is associated with

    modest increases in total mortality
    , cancer mortality and cardiovascular
    disease mortality.
  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Consuming beans or
    peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and
    magnesium with
    lower
    intakes of saturated fat
    and total fat.
  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The
    United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat
    industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions
    that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . .

    far more than transportation
    . And annual worldwide demand for meat
    continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow
    this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs
    of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An
    estimated

    1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef
    . Soy tofu
    produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE.
    On average, about

    40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef

    in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to
    produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a
    great way to cut fossil fuel demand.
  • BE PART OF A COMMUNITY that believes
    that a small action like skipping meat for a day is a huge step towards
    healthy living & a healthy planet.

If all Americans
reduced their meat consumption by only 20 percent it would be equivalent of every single one of us switching from a standard sedan to a hybrid, according to
calculations by geophysicists Gidon Eshel and Pamela A. Martin.

What do you think? Would you give it a try?

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