Benefits of Reducing Your Meat Intake

Cutting down on meat intake has been trending lately. People have all sorts of reasons for not eating meat. I am not saying you should cut out meat altogether, but there are benefits to reducing your weekly meat intake. Maybe cut out meat for one day per week. While there are many reasons to cut down on meat intake, I am going to focus on nutrition and the environment.

Nutritional Benefits

One benefit of cutting down on meat take is that lowering meat intake can reduce your cholesterol levels. Lowering your cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease. Also, when the body is digesting red meat it releases a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide which increases chances of blood clots. Too much meat can also potentially lead to cancer. Another benefit of reducing meat is that often times it has more calories than meat alternatives. Meat can also mess with acidity levels. The high acidity of meat can mess with the body’s PH level and create a body very susceptible to disease. The last benefit I am going to discuss is that you will feel less bloated. Meat is digested slowly which can lead to constipation and gas.

Environmental Benefits

Eating less meat can also have an impact on the environment. One way meat negatively affects the environment is deforestation. A lot of times forests are cut down to create room for farmland. Livestock give off methane emissions and fertilizer usage can cause run off into rivers and cause pollution. This pollution can also have a negative impact on other wildlife when they drink the water in rivers.

Sources:

https://spunout.ie/health/article/hl-benefits-of-cutting-down-on-eating-red-meat

https://www.thehealthy.com/nutrition/stop-eating-red-meat/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/21/lifestyle-change-eat-less-meat-climate-change

Published by Jes Short

I'm just a girl working on her journey to wellness, both physically and mentally.

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