8 Reasons That You Should Eat Less Meat

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8 Reasons That You Should Eat Less Meat

The standard diet for us homo-sapiens is carnivorous – it is the norm to have a slab of beef, a piece of chicken or a rack of ribs in our plates next to our veg and starch, and there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that. Eating a meat based diet can actually do the body some good, especially if the choice cuts are derived from organic grass-fed animals. However, choosing to eat a little less meat can really make the body happy, in fact, choosing to eat strictly vegetarian at least two times a week is one of the best things we can do for our health and for the health of the environment. Below are 8 reasons why you should eat less meat.

8 Reasons That You Should Eat Less Meat:

  1. Saves resources: An approximate 70 percent of freshwater consumption and 38 percent land use is used in agricultural farming. Also animal production accounts for approximately 14 percent greenhouse gas emissions. Less resources would be used if the demand for meat would go down.
  2. Weight loss: Studies show that folks who eat a high-meat diet tend to have a higher BMI than those who do not.
  3. Saves money: The overall price of meat has gone up recently, choosing to eat less meat will keep that money in your pocket as crops are less expensive. Also, if you choose to grow your own organic garden, you will save even more.
  4. Lowers the risk of disease: Eating a diet rich in fresh fruit, veg and legumes a few days a week can drastically lower the risk for developing heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cancer.
  5. Aids digestion: Meat is harder to digest than vegetarian options. In some cases, meat may not get digested at all, instead it ferments and turns into toxic buildup in the gut. Vegetarian foods are typically higher in fiber which aids digestion.
  6. More energy: The metabolism loves meat-free meals – eating less of it is a easy way to get a energy boost.
  7. Emotional balance: Studies suggest that highly processed meats can release negative chemicals in the body. These chemicals have been linked to symptoms such as depression, anxiety and irritability. Eating more vegetarian meals has been said to have the opposite affect – the antioxidants and enzymes in raw produce can release healthy endorphins within the body which can help balance the emotional state.
  8. Clearer skin and shinny hair: Eating more non-meat meals can have a detoxing affect on the body, the gentle detox can cause the skin to clear up and the hair to become stronger.

While it might be asking to much to request the world to go vegetarian, eating less meat should be an easy task, especially when you have yummy meat-free options to indulge in. Below are four great recipes to get you motivated.

4 Yummy Vegetarian Recipes:

1

 Lentil and Quinoa Stew

1 Potato Skins with Avocado Salsa

1 Quesadilla on Homemade Spinach Tortillas

1 Strawberry, Avocado and Hemp Seed Salad