And Now, The Healthy Part!

April 22nd, 2010

Not only is Meatless Monday easy to do, it offers remarkable health benefits! Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are the four leading killers of Americans. Going meatless just one day a week is a great start to fighting them for yourself and your family. Let’s take a closer look at why we should all go Meatless Monday:

  • REDUCE HEART DISEASE. Beans, peas, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low, and cut risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • CURB OBESITY: People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber (absent in animal products). This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating.
  • LIVE LONGER: Red and processed meat consumption is associated with 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.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
  • REDUCE FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 for plant-based protein).
  • CUT WEEKLY BUDGET: Food prices continue to rise. Current increases are especially sharp in packaged items and meat, which rely on high priced commodities like grain. Forgoing meat once a week is a great way to cut the weekly budget.
  • CURB HEALTHCARE SPENDING: Treatment of chronic preventable diseases accounts for 70% of total U.S. healthcare spending. By reducing our risk for these conditions, we can curtail healthcare spending nationwide.