Do Your Part on World Health Day by Practicing Meatless Monday

April 2nd, 2018

World Health Day is April 7 and the main message coming from the World Health Organization is all about universal health coverage. One way to “cover” yourself by preventing a variety of health conditions is to swap out meat for plant-based foods once a week. Part of Meatless Monday’s mission is to help you improve your physical health – and it’s easy!

Research by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future shows that consuming more plant-based foods can yield a variety of health benefits that can keep you healthy for a long time. The antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, and legumes are great for maintaining and improving cardiovascular health. Eating plants is a perfect way to help prevent heart disease, which affects people of varying ages and ethnicities around the world.

Cutting down on red meat has also been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests cutting down on red and processed meat because of their higher saturated fat content. Plant-based proteins, on the other hand, contain more healthy fats and fiber. By reducing your intake of red meat, even by just half a serving, you can reduce your risk of diabetes by 15 percent.

It turns out that adding more plant-based foods to your diet can be a great form of preventive health care! Eating more plants will also help you manage your weight – especially if you swap in hummus or chickpeas as a protein source – and avoid eating too much protein.

Plant-based diets are linked to longevity, giving you more quality years to spend with family, friends, and all that life has to offer. By going meatless just once a week, you can add those years to your life. We have some great recipes to try for Meatless Monday, so start building a longer, healthier life today!