There’s a growing trend in our nation to eat less meat. What started out as Meatless Monday has now turned in the ever-increasing number of people who identify themselves as vegans, vegetarians or flexitarians.
Keith Mann also says that the trend to move away from consuming meat on a regular basis is being pushed forward by several factors. The cost of meat is one factor, the unwanted additives in meat like antibiotics is another, and just the overall desire to eat a heart healthy diet has fueled the trend to go meatless.
But the meat that is taken out of the daily diet has to be replaced with some other type of food, and some food choices are worse than meat.
When you take the steak, pork chop and bacon off the plate, what are you putting on in its place? If the meat-lovers pizza is being replaced by stuffed crust pizza and the morning bacon is being replaced by donuts, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Meat is not only a source of protein for the body, it also provides the body with several vitamins and minerals that dairy and plants just don’t have on their own. Trying to replace the missing meat protein with cheese, as many people do, often leads to increased fat intake since a small piece of cheddar cheese has triple the amount of fat as three ounces of lean beef. A well-rounded diet containing plants and diary is essential to maintain health when going meatless.