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 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
- 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
- IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Consuming beans or
peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and
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
- MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs
of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An
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?