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Happy Meatless Monday! Why go meatless? Here's some reasons why:

Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Read about these benefits below. But keep in mind that just going meatless is not enough. That's why we give you the information you need to add healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives to your diet each week. Further, if you do eat meat on other days, we strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, locally-raised options whenever possible.
Health Benefits

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 associated with colon cancer.

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 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.

Environmental Benefits

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 this trend.

MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 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.

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Tired untruisms, typical agenda driven "article" 15.Apr.2014 15:04

been there, done that

Most of these have counter arguments/studies or are lacking in context.

-LIMIT CANCER RISK : and other studies show direct links to cancer and gluten intolerance/excess of grains. Many of these people at risk do well on a moderate diet with red meat
-REDUCE HEART DISEASE "saturated fat-rich foods" does not automatically equal dairy and meat.
-FIGHT DIABETES this is the most misleading assertion. All diabetes I know do quite well on meat, and in fact it helps them. What is death for them is sugar and carbohydrates. In other words the typical vegan bowl of rice and veggies is more of a risk than a few oz of lean stir-fry meat with veggies. I suspect the author doesn't know any diabetics personally.
-CURB OBESITY Most non Americans have no trouble eating meat regularly and not being "obese". Go to Paris. See this for yourself. Obesity in the States is a multi faceted cultural problem tied in with diet, activity level and urban planning. Meat plays a negligible role one way or the other.
-LIVE LONGER A yet Tibetans average lifespan is 67 years and, while mostly Buddist, are not mostly vegetarian.
Life expectancy is more complex than one food group. Implying otherwise is irresponsible.
-IMPROVE YOUR DIET completely irrelevant. People meat AND beans, etc all the time.
-REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT "estimates the meat industry" Yes, this point is true about the meat INDUSTRY. Fortunately we live where we have local and kosher alternatives. The demand/growth is a result of rampant corporatism. What you eat will not affect that one way or the other inn the short term, because most of that meat is for processed foods or exports. Changing the industry will do more to change the carbon footprint than a quixotic expectation of people going vegetarian.
-HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE This can just as easily be applied to any agriculture, and seems to be tacked on to fill a list.

Have a meat free Monday if you chose, but don't used flawed logic to justify it. If you truly think going vegan or vegetarian is the right dietary choice for yourself, that is all the justification you need.

In future the author should provide documentation for the more "fuzzy" claims.

eat less, eat meat/cheese 21.Apr.2014 14:19

yo yo

calories protein
1 lb Broccoli 154 12.79g
1 lb Beef 798 90.72g
1 lb Wheat 1538 62.14g
1 lb Cheese 1828 112.95g