Did you know that countless Americans choose to go meatless at least one day a week? Colleges and universities across American are providing students with meal plans for going vegan, all or in part. Why?? Well, here are a few of the reasons:
1.) It can take about 50 times more water per calorie to produce meat than plant based foods.
2.) A diet that emphasizes a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods may help lower the risks of dying from heart disease and stroke by up to 20%.
3.) "Flexitarians" (folks who often replace meat with plant-based foods) may weight up to 8# less than the average American.
4.) 14.5% of human-caused global gree)nhouse gas emissions are created by animal agriculture.
Americans don't eat nearly the fruits and vegetables they should! Choosing to eat less meat even one day a week is a delicious way to gain energy, look and feel great, and prevent many of the diseases associated with our usual dietary patterns.
"The American Heart Association recognizes the role of plant-based foods in a healthy dietary pattern. Use Meatless Mondays as another opportunity to eat a well-balanced diet." AHA
Forward Food is an organization that creates healthy, sustainable menu options. Visit the humane society by clicking on the tab below for delicious free recipe ideas and more!
Interested in tracking your individual diet and fitness goals? Check out Super Tracker sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture.
Questions??? Consult a Registered Dietitian, your most reliable source for information pertaining to diet and health.