The Health (and Other) Benefits of Changing Your Meat-eating Habits


The US is a nation of meat lovers, eating a lot more per person than many other countries. Although vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more common, many people still love their meat. Some people even refuse to eat a meal without it. However, changing your meat-eating habits could deliver some excellent benefits to your health, as well as some additional advantages. A lot of people feel that it has to be all or nothing if you change how much meat you eat, but you don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan.

Reducing how much meat you consume could still bring you several benefits.

Reduced Risk of Illness

One of the major benefits of eating less meat is that you can reduce your risk for a variety of diseases.

Eating more red meat has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Processed meat can also increase your risk of developing illnesses like these. On top of this, eating a lot of meat could mean that you’re not getting other things in your diet.

If your diet consists of more meat than anything else, you’re missing out on other nutrients that should be coming from vegetables, fruits, legumes, and other foods.

Be More Eco-friendly

It’s not just health benefits that you can experience if you decide to eat less meat.

One of the other side effects of cutting back on your meat consumption is that you can have a more eco-friendly diet. Whether you eat less meat, change the type of meat you eat or source it from responsible places like Superior Farms, you can reduce your carbon footprint.

The meat industry has a big impact on the environment, but by eating less of it or choosing the right meat, you can help to make a difference.

Weight Control

Another health benefit of reducing your meat consumption is that it can make it easier to control your weight. People who eat less meat often eat fewer calories overall, and they often have a more varied diet too.

Eating less meat can mean eating less fat and less saturated fat. Of course, cutting back on meat or being a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean you will automatically be slim and healthy.

You still need to make healthy choices about the rest of your diet if you want to control your weight or perhaps lose weight, and you want to be generally healthy.

Save Money

Cutting back on the amount of meat you eat could save you money too.

While a lot of people think that a vegetarian diet is more expensive than eating meat, you could end up spending no more money or even spending less money by reducing your meat intake. There are plenty of ideas you can find for cheap meat-free meals online and in cookbooks. And remember that you don’t have to give up meat completely, so you can find a diet that works for you.

Cutting back on meat has not only health benefits but other benefits too. You could start a healthier lifestyle by eating less meat.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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