I was reading this article on CNN regarding meat consumption. Essentially, the findings of the study demonstrated that people who ate red meat (both beef and pork – 4 oz portion per day) over a 10 year period have a 30% higher chance of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Researchers found that 11% of the male deaths and 16% of the female deaths in that period could have been prevented by reducing the consumption of red meat.
The article even highlights that America’s high consumption of meat is contributing to a number of global concerns – global warming, disease, high commodity prices, etc. Surprisingly, this article does not even mention eliminating meat entirely from the diet as a viable solution. It would seem that the most socially responsible & health oriented choice would be to eliminate meat consumption and make healthier choices to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Is anyone else a vegetarian? Why do you choose to be or not to be vegetarian? Does the environment, health, or commodity prices play into your choice?
A great book for those new to a vegetarian diet or who are just interested in eating healthier is this book:
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