Less Is More

Eating less red and processed meats may mean more health benefits. Accumulating evidence indicates that limiting the number of servings per day may reduce risk of heart disease. Researchers found that those who ate the most red meat (at least 2 servings a day) had a 29% higher risk of heart disease than those who ate the least (half a serving a day). But what constitutes a serving? For most studies, one serving of red meat is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. For processed deli meats, one serving is 1 ounce or about 1 slice. A serving of bacon is ½ ounce or about two slices.

4 reasons to cut back on red meat

 1. Potentially cancer-causing. A recent report by the World Health Organization categorized processed meats as level 1 carcinogens, placing them in the same category as cigarettes and alcohol. The organization categorized red meat as a level 2a – probable carcinogen. This report looked at the rates of colon cancer and found that eating the equivalent of two slices of bacon per day increases the absolute risk of developing colon cancer by 1 percent. On the other hand, a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables has been associated with a reduction in risk for the development of colon cancer.

2. Cardiovascular health. Data has shown time and time again that red meat is linked with high cholesterol, and in turn, increases risk for cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes. Consumption of less meat also is associated with decreased rates of obesity in both children and adults.

 3. High cost. Meats cost significantly more than vegetarian proteins such as beans, nuts and tofu. Replacing one omnivore meal with a vegetarian meal can save more than $1 per person.

4. The environment. Raising cattle significantly impacts the environment. More than 30 percent of grains grown in the world are fed to cattle. Cattle themselves produce significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Cutting back on meat consumption is not only healthy for you, but it’s also healthy for the environment. Reducing meat consumption will help keep our planet healthy for our children.

Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/12/eating-less-red-meat-good-family/

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