Flex Your Diet - Page 2
Addicted to Meat?
As a nation, we consume vast quantities of meat—about 200 pounds per person a year including beef, poultry and fish, according to the USDA. The upshot is that Americans consume much more meat-derived protein than what is necessary for good health.
Furthermore, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our meaty tendencies are making Mother Nature frown. Case in point: A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report determined that cattle raising is generating more climate-warming greenhouse gases than a far-more-vilified culprit, our cars. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit devoted to protecting public health and the environment, says that if each American decided to forgo meat and cheese just one day a week for a year, it would be tantamount to pulling 7.6 million cars off the road.
Save Some Dough
A flexitarian diet is also great for penny pinchers. Meat, fish and poultry tend to be among the most expensive items on a grocery list, so replacing them with plant foods like lentils and tofu can keep more cash in your wallet. Then, when you do opt to eat animal products, you may be able to splurge on higher-quality foods such as grass-fed beef, organic Greek yogurt and wild-caught salmon. When it comes to meat and dairy consumption, focus on quality, not quantity.