Whether you are thinking of going vegan, trying to reduce the amount of meat you have been eating or have always been vegetarian there are lots of great reasons to reduce the amount of meat to you are eating.
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian for that matter. However after reading a lot of articles and watching various documentaries on how meat consumption not only affects your health but also the planet, my outlook has changed. Here are some great reasons to eat less meat today.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases – Animal agriculture is estimated to produce more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry combined. Greenhouse gasses cause the greenhouse effect, this is the process by which radiation from a planet’s atmosphere warms the planet’s surface to a temperature above what is “normal”resulting in global warning. If we all reduce our intake of meat and animal products we can reduce the risk of global warming.
Reduce animal cruelty- Millions of poultry and cattle are slaughtered each year for meat. With a huge number of these being raised in factory farms. These types of farms exploit animals, they are crammed together in small pens, teeth taken out, tails cut off and filled with drugs to make them grow faster. Switching to a less meat or no meat diet is one way in which we can end this cruel treatment of animals.
Lower Cholesterol levels- If you eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables you will increase important cholesterol-lowering compounds in your body.
Reduce chances of type two diabetes- Red meats and poultry have been proven to increase the risk of type two diabetes. If you cut back on your consumption the risk will be reduced.
Increased vitamins and minerals- Plant based diets, tend to contain lots of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E , potassium and magnesium . They are packed with essential nutrients, as long as you make sure that you are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms such as nuts, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes.
Lose weight- Eating a Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils is proven to be an incredible healthy diet that will reduce inflammation. You are also likely to reduce your calorie intake by removing saturated fats found in meat.
Experiment in the kitchen-Eating less meat allows us to get experimenting and experience a whole new world of cuisines. With so many bloggers, and chefs going vegan there are tons of amazing recipes out there to try.
Doing my bit for the planet – The Amazon is being destroyed in order to grow feed crops for cattle and make some extra space for animal grazing. Deforestation of the amazon is largely due to animal farming. By eating less meet we can help save the Amazon which will also help to save the planet.
Reduce your risk of heart disease – By replacing foods that are rich in saturated fat, such as meat, with foods vegetables which are high polyunsaturated fats, you can reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases by 19%.
Increased energy – Eating a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and carbohydrates will leave you feeling vibrant and full of energy- who doesn’t want that?