Eating less meat is proven to be healthier for the planet and your body.  Studies have found that heavy meat eaters have a greater chance of being diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, obesity, and other degenerative diseases.  

According to the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Cheese (13.1%) and beef (11.7%) represent the top 2 sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet.  Harvard School of Public Health also suggests limiting red meat to a couple of times a month for the best strategy for optimal cardiovascular health.  The Cancer Research Center Univ. of Hawaii notes that there is a 67% higher risk of pancreatic cancer in subjects who consumed the most processed meats.  Consumption of processed meats is also linked to higher rates of stomach and colon cancer.

If you’re worried about the protein in your diet, you can still get all the protein you need by cutting down on meat.  According to Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford, studies show that the diets of Americans generally exceed the Federal government’s RDA for protein by 100% for men and 40% for women.

In Go Green Get Lean, author Kate Geagan RD explains that most adults need about 4gms of protein for every 10lbs of body weight.  This translates to about 15% of total calorie intake or about 60gms for a 150lb adult.  Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can easily provide you with more than enough protein.  If you have questions about nutritional needs, The Meatless Monday website by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides great nutritional guidelines .

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