In the current situation where protecting the planet any way we can is foremost in our minds, eating less meat is one way to contribute.
If you have seen any of the recent programmes on BBC about food production, in particular meat, you may be easily swayed into joining the ‘eat less meat’ party. Some of what I’ve seen is shocking, and now our family is starting to think about how we can cut down on animal products.
So far we are concentrating on reducing red meat and chicken. I have to admit it’s a little tricky with my boys who have grown up eating plenty of red meat, and not much in the way of beans / lentils. Both Hubby and I have gone off chicken a little, so we tend to eat lots of fish and shellfish and vegetarian meals. Upping the plant based portion of our diet in replacement of chicken is quite easy when Sainsbury’s offer some good prepared soya products. Increasing home-made dishes of pulses and beans is a little harder but we are working on it.
This summary article below taken from Idea Health & Fitness journal is a good example of how plant based diets can benefit your health in many ways. I have just copied and pasted this section. It is by Matthew Kadey, MS, RD Dec 17, 2019
- Diabetes. People who adhered to a plant-based diet slashed their type 2 diabetes risk by an average of 23%, according to a nine-study meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. The inverse association was even stronger when healthy plant-based foods—such as vegetables, nuts, whole grains and legumes—replaced starches, sugars and refined grains.
- Heart disease. Among more than 12,000 middle-aged adults studied by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, those with a diet higher in plant foods and lower in animal foods had a lower risk of death from heart disease.
- Diet quality. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating more plant proteins like legumes at the expense of animal protein can be a cost-effective way to improve diet quality. That’s an important perk for those living on limited incomes.
- Weight. Harvard investigators found that eating a plant-based diet, especially one that emphasises healthier plant-derived foods, was associated with less weight gain during 4-year intervals among 126,982 subjects.
- Nutrition. An investigation published in The Journal of Nutrition reported that vegans and vegetarians tend to have higher levels of certain antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids, compared with non-vegetarians. This could be one way in which focusing more on plants can be a strategy for longevity
Great evidence to encourage us to cut down on meat and eat more plants.