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Why Mondays Should be Meatless

Why Mondays Should be Meatless

Tami ONeill | Good

The case for going without meat one day a week. Is there anything more American than the chicken nugget? Quick, cheap, portable and deep fried, these golden morsels have become as synonymous with our culture as

Eating a lot of meat has been linked to a daunting list of health concerns. Aside from the connection between overeating and obesity, studies have tied excessive meat consumption to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer. One recent study even linked the amount of meat consumed to age of death, extrapolating that “over the course of a decade, the deaths of one million men and perhaps half a million women could be prevented just by eating less red and processed meats.”

Given the clear connection between meat consumption and health, it would make sense to cut back. But our society of supersizers shows no sign of switching to a plant-based diet. So how might we eat our meat and have our health, too? The answer is simple: Meatless Mondays.

The idea behind Meatless Mondays is as simple as the moniker—skip meat one day a week to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic, preventable disease. Meat contains high levels of saturated fat, one of the reasons why too much meat can lead to poor health. By making Mondays meatless, you can cut your saturated fat intake by up to 15 percent—a big difference for such a small change.

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