Not Another Health Fad…
In the midst of what seems to be endless health food trends, there is one movement that stands out above all others that you should stop to consider. Meatless Monday is an idea that originated in the U.S as a way to aid the war effort in World War I and II. In 2003, health advocate Sid Lerner reintroduced the idea as a campaign for public health awareness.
Meatless Monday slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat,” has become a global practice that is simple to follow and has proven health benefits. Intrigued? You should be.
The average American now consumes up to 75 pounds of meat or more than previous generations. This excessive consumption of meat is linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Not only does abstaining from meat for one day a week lower your risk of these
diseases, but also benefits our global environment and the cost of your food.
Benefits of Going Meatless At a Glance
Health benefits of Meatless Monday:
- Reduction in heart disease and stroke
- Limits cancer risk
- Fights diabetes
- Curbs obesity
- You’ll live longer
- Improves the nutritional quality of your diet
Savings in the grocery store from Meatless Monday:
- Reducing healthcare spending from
lowered risk of diseases
- Lower food receipts from cheaper vegetarian options
Environmental benefits of Meatless Monday:
- Minimizing water usage – vegetables and grains require less water than livestock
- Reducing greenhouse gases
- Reducing fuel dependence
To find out more about Meatless Monday, visit the movement’s website for more information and recipes to inspire your next Meatless Monday. Also see Teddycan’s blog post for more meatless recipe options.