Did you know that in America alone, both men and women eat nearly double the protein necessary for their body weight?
Meat. It’s a part of our daily lives, and for many is the main component of every meal. However, meat has recently been in the media for the drawbacks involved with its consumption. The World Health Organization and the American Dietetic Association report that meat consumption may be associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
With cardiovascular disease and cancer as the biggest non-contagious disease killers in the world, protecting yourself from risk is now more important than ever.
Where Will Your Protein Come From?
You’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat meat, where would I get my protein from?” Well, have you considered protein-rich sources from plant-based food, such as beans, legumes, seitan and quinoa? You may also want to look into food combining. This pairs up complementary foods such as beans and rice, which when combined result in the necessary mix of amino acids.
These options will provide what your body needs and leave you feeling full and satisfied, just like meat-based meals would.
Consider the Environment
Another aspect of meat consumption to think about is the effect on the environment. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the livestock industry generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It has also been considered a major source of the decrease of land and water quality in the world. These might be additional aspects for you to consider in your dietary decisions.
Find What’s Right for You
It might feel like it’s not possible to remove meat from your diet. Consider starting small and try meatless Mondays in your household. There are many online resources for healthy, delicious plant-based meals for you to try out. You can visit the website chooseveg.com to receive a free vegetarian starter guide.
The best way to start is to do some of your own research so you can make up your mind about what’s best for you and your family.