What is #WorldMeatFreeDay & why is it good for you and for the planet?
In celebration of World Meat-Free Day, our Nutritionist Extraordinaire and resident-Vegetarian AV Gawtee shares some reasons why it may be a good idea to cut down on meat intake.
Going on a plant-based diet has been proven to help those who want to shed the extra weight. Animal foods, especially red meat, contain higher amounts of fat, compared to other protein sources, and the body has a harder time digesting it, causing weight gain. You won’t notice right away because fat in meat is usually hidden, but consuming more of this increases calorie consumption, and you won’t just pack on the pounds, but you are at an increased risk of different diseases.
Giving up or lessening your intake of meat has many benefits especially when it comes to different diseases like diabetes, kidney stones, gallstones, heart disease and of course, cancer. Eating more fruits and veggies means more fiber and antioxidants, which fight cancer-promoting free radicals in your body. Adequate fiber intake also helps in lowering blood pressure.
Those who regularly consume red meat increase their risk of developing heart disease by 30%. On the other hand, consuming more fiber and potassium-rich veggies, grains and legumes can improve heart health, significantly reducing risks of stroke and heart attacks.
According to Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health, “[…] regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death,” Cutting out red meat can actually prolong your life by 20%!
Aside from all these numerous benefits of going meat-free, this kind of diet is also good for the environment. Animal agriculture produces more waste than emissions from all modes of transportation combined. The methane and nitrous oxide from farming animals and the waste that comes with it are much more potent greenhouse gases compared to carbon dioxide.
Go green for your health and for the environment!