There are many different views concerning its inclusion is a human’s diet, and while every side has its point I have some figures that you will defiantly want to see. While opinions are great the facts are speaking, and they are saying people following a typical western diet eat too much of it!
If you eat just ONE meaty meal per day, you are eating 2.3 times the global average. That is more than 82% of people in the world. The average American eats 12ounces of meat a day, almost 50% more the recommended daily amount.
Not only does that meat cost a lot to produce, it also hurts our Environment. To make A quarter pound of meat it takes:
- 6.7 pounds of grains and forage.
- 52.8 Gallons of drinking water and irrigating feed crops.
- 74.5 square feet for grazing and growing feed crops.
- 1,036 Btus for feed production and transport. That is enough to power a typical microwave for 18 minutes.
What Meat Consumption Does to The Environment
- Cows must consume 16 pounds of vegetation in order to convert them into 1 pound of flesh. Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.
- Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food.
- A typical pig factory generates the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising animals for food is the number-one source of water pollution.
- Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. That’s 45 percent of the total land mass in the U.S. About 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to produce feed for animals raised for food. The meat industry is directly responsible for 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S.
- More than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of the oats are fed to livestock. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth. According to the Worldwatch Institute, “Roughly 2 of every 5 tons of grain produced in the world is fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products, especially of beef, could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on land.”
What it does to Our Body’s
Eating meat hardens blood vessels
A compound found in red meat called carnitine has been found to cause atherosclerosis, the hardening or clogging of the arteries, according to a study published in the journal of natural medicine. The research which included more that 2,500 vegans, vegetarians, and omnivore cardiac patients, suggests that carnitine converts to a heart-damaging compound, trimethylamine-N-oxide, via bacteria in the intestine. Researchers found that increased carnitine levels predicted increased risks for cardiovascular disease.
Ups your risk for type 2 diabetes
According to a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine, eating 3.5 ounces of red meat or 1.8 ounces of processed meat daily led to a 19% and 51% increase in diabetes risk. Diets rich in animal products contribute to the increased risk incidence of obesity as well as type 2 diabetes in the U.S.
Puts your brain at risk
Meat contains a lot of iron which, when eaten in excess, can raise levels of iron in the brain and may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study from UCLA. When iron accumulates in the brain, myelin, a fatty tissue that coats nerve fibers is destroyed. This disrupts brain communication, and signs of Alzheimer’s appear.
Hurts the Colon
Eating red and processed meats also greatly increase the risk of colorectal cancer in people with a genetic predisposition. Affecting one in three individuals, the gene plays a role in the immune system, according to researchers. If you have this gene, eating and digesting meat may trigger an immune or inflammatory response.
Hormones added to red meat boost breast cancer risk, according to a large study of more than 90,000 women published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Women who ate more than 1.5 servings of red meat per day had nearly double the risk of developing hormone-sensitive breast cancer than women who ate 3 or fewer servings per week. Researchers believe the hormones or hormone-like compounds in red meat increase cancer risk by attaching to specific hormone receptors on the tumors.
HCAs, a family of mutagenic compounds, are produced during the cooking process of many animal products, including chicken, beef, pork, and fish. Even meat that is cooked under normal grilling, frying or oven-broiling may contain significant quantities of these mutagens. The longer and hotter the meat is cooked, the more these compounds form. In some studies, grilled chicken has formed higher concentrations of these cancer-causing substances than other types of cooked meat.
And, as stated above colorectal cancer^. At Harvard University, researchers zeroed in on red meat, finding that individuals eating pork, beef, or lamb daily have approximately three times the colon cancer risk, compared to people who avoid these products.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading cancers among men in the U.S., and researchers have explored a number of possible dietary factors contributing to prostate cancer risk. These include dietary fat, saturated fat, dairy products, and meat.
When You Stop Eating Meat
- You will reduce inflammation in your body
- Your cholesterol levels will plummet
- You will give your microbiome a makeover
- You will change how your genes work
- You will dramatically reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
- You will get the right amount and the right type of protein
- You will make a HUGE impact on the health of our PLANET and its inhabitants
If You Are Not Ready To Give Up Meat, Consider Trying:
- Meatless Monday’s
- Vegetarian Before 6 PM
- Weekday Vegetarian
- Best options, of course, being a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet
In Just 30 Days, you will:
- Spare 0.2 farmed animals from cruelty
- Save the planet 5.3 gallons of water and 14.7lbs. of CO2
- Reduce your risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and many types of cancer.
Now, given the facts you should be able to make the connection for yourself, when you give up meat you help your planet and your body for the better. Do yourself and the planet a favor and ditch the meat.