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
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.
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.