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Top 5 Reasons to Eat Less Red Meat

A vegetarian (or vegan) diet can significantly benefit your health and the environment. If committing to a meat-free diet makes you want to run into the nearest Outback Steakhouse the good news is simply eating less meat can make a difference.

 Chicken and fish can cause their own set of negative consequences. But, let’s focus on red meat today. Read on!

1. Help save water and cut down on pollution. Livestock animals consume massive amounts of food and water in order to keep production high. It’s estimated that two to five times more water is used to grow the grain to sustain these animals than humans eat. This is a big drain on not only the current food and water supply but on future reserves.

  2. Save money. Most meat is much pricier than vegetarian staples like beans, oats, quinoa, millet etc. Switch to a few meatless meals a week and you’ll save at the grocery store. (Stay tuned to Green Philly Blog for tasty recipes using these ingredients!)

 3. Lessen the mistreatment of animals. Sadly, animals are squeezed into feedlots that are crowded and often unsanitary. Maximizing space to improve production may mean good business for livestock farms, but a close look at the conditions involved are enough to make any animal-lover majorly cringe.

 4. Lower your cholesterol and risk of heart-disease.  Researchers urge people to eat less meat as a means to lose weight – and lower their risk of heart disease.  A meat-eaters risk of developing heart disease is 50 percent higher than it is among vegetarians. Eating meat can also contribute to high cholesterol. A friend of mine consciously cut down her intake and her cholesterol level went down an impressive 26 points in a year!

 5. Cut down on greenhouse gases. Methane gases (very harmful to the environment) are emitted by cows and fertilizers. Additionally, gases emitted by livestock and from transportation to grocers causes a hefty amount of gases. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that agriculture accounts for 10-12 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Read more on this topic from ars technica here.

Posted by Beth

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Beth is a Health and Wellness expert who believes sustainability goes hand-in-hand with self care. She’s the girl whipping up kombucha cocktails at parties, and extolling the benefits of canning vegetables to anyone who will listen. View all posts by Beth Funari

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons to Eat Less Red Meat

  1. Thanks Beth! I have been red meat free for over a year now, and the transition was hard at first, but now I don’t even miss it! There are so many fun ways to cook veggies, fish and grains – who needs beef? Looking forward to your recipes!

  2. The beef industry is horrendous, the documentary Food, Inc. is a great starting point for insight into how our food is made, and it’s quite shocking. Thanks for getting the word out!

  3. Pingback: 6 Baby Steps to Eat Vegetarian (Helping a Reader’s New Years Resolution)

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