Giving Up Meat May Be the Key to Sustainable Health

Apparently, eating less meat and sugar and more fruits and vegetables can save the planet and lives. Can you give up meat?

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In a report that was released last month, per NBC news, we can prevent over ten million fewer people from dying each year if we were all willing to follow a specific diet.

According to a global commission of experts made up of 37 different experts in nutrition, agriculture, economics, health, and government, who have studied this problem for three years, if we lowered our red meat and sugar intake by 50% less than the average western diet and made up the difference with more fruits and vegetables, millions would be saved from premature death.

“The world’s diets must change dramatically,” Dr. Walter Willett, a Harvard University nutrition expert who was part of the commission, said in a statement. “Eleven million premature deaths could be avoided each year if everyone followed this healthy diet,” he added.

Their ideal diet is built around the 2,500 calories-per-day recommendation and is plant-based, low in meat, saturated fat, and sugar, which would help lower rates of the world’s two biggest killers: heart disease and cancer.

Some of the numbers that stood out were the 811 calories of whole grains, 354 calories of unsaturated vegetable oil, only 19 calories in eggs (about three eggs per two weeks), only 15 of red meat, and zero dairy fat.

This would be a complete change for many people as meat is a significant portion of the average American’s diet. And for those who are “meat lovers,” it would make following this recommendation nearly impossible.

But at the same time, it’s no secret that red meat can cause health risks. Researchers have found that the more red meat you eat, the chance of heart disease increases.

Red meat eaters have shown to produce more of a chemical called TMAO, which has been shown to raise heart disease risk, compared to vegetarians or people that stick to white meat. And, a month after stopping red meat intake, they stop producing so much TMAO. Coincidence? I think not.

But it’s not just human lives that a change in food would help.

“Current diets are pushing the Earth beyond its planetary boundaries, while causing ill health. This puts both people and the planet at risk,” the commission said in their statement.

“The food we eat and how we produce it determines the health of people and the planet, and we are currently getting this seriously wrong,” said Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University of London, who was one of the commission members.

The belief is that a drop-off in meat and an increase in fruits and vegetables would force agriculture over to more sustainable methods that would decrease pollution, global warming, and climate change.

This is nice to hear and all but going away from something as simple as meat is not as easy as it sounds. Read more about it here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Apparently, eating less meat and sugar and more fruits and vegetables can save the planet and lives. Can you give up meat?

Totals
13% Yes, give it a try
87% No, too hard
Males
12% Yes, give it a try
88% No, too hard
Females
15% Yes, give it a try
85% No, too hard

Yes, give it a try

No, too hard


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