3 Meaty Reasons You Should Consider Going Plant Based
Plant-based eating is on the rise. Maybe you’ve heard.
- We’re not talking about going vegan. Or vegetarian even. We’re talking about how more and more people are choosing plants as their primary source of food over animal proteins.
- Everyone’s reasons for making the switch to a plant-based diet are different.
- But the one thing all plant-based eaters have in common is that they truly believe that plant-based eating is better.
- We’re here to tell you why you may want to consider making plants your first choice for food this year.
Plant-based eating benefits your health
You don’t need to give up meat entirely to reap the rewards of a plant-based diet. Just reducing the amount of animal protein you eat can benefit your health.
- So whether you’re considering giving up meat entirely or simply reducing your daily or weekly consumption of animal protein, take a look at how your body responds to these changes in your diet:
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduced risk of stroke and heart disease
- Decreased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
- Less likely to develop certain types of cancers
- Most meat is loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, both of which contribute to heart disease, the number one killer of adults in America. Bacon, hot dogs, deli meats, and sausage are crazy high in sodium and are filled with nitrates and other preservatives. While too much salt is the primary cause of high blood pressure from food, nitrates and preservatives have been linked to stomach, colorectal, and colon cancer.
- If going completely plant-based is not in the stars for you, lean meats such as skinless chicken and fish are much healthier than beef, pork, and hyper processed meats.
- Can’t even consider ditching the bacon? We don’t blame you. Neither could we! We encourage you to give Prime Roots Plant-Based Bacon a try! It has all the smokey flavor you love about bacon with the look and texture you’re familiar with.
- Health isn’t the only thing that plant-based eaters seem to be concerned about.
Plant-forward eating is planet-friendly
We talked a lot about this last year in our post How Eating Fungi Saves the World. You can find tons of information and statistics about how meat-eating affects our planet there.
- For the purpose of this post, though, we can’t stress enough that collectively eating less meat helps reverse the effects of climate change! Note, we said less meat. That’s because we don’t want anyone to be intimidated by the prospects of eating a plant-based diet.
- Plant-based doesn’t mean vegan or vegetarian. It doesn’t even mean flexitarian. It simply means you incorporate more plant based foods into your diet than animal ones.
- Did you know that the mass production and manufacturing of meat products produces more greenhouse emissions than all the different types of transportation in the world combined? Basically, eating meat is a leading cause of global warming.
- Here are some ways it is much more cost effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly to eat plant-based:
- Producing 1 pound of beef requires anywhere from 2000 to 8000 gallons of water. Plants require 50-70 percent less water.
- It takes 1950 gallons of water to produce one gallon of cow’s milk. If we eliminated cow’s milk from our diets all together, we’d save almost 50% of our total water usage.
- Wastewater and runoff from meat producing farms contains pesticides and fertilizer that create dead zones in our oceans, which collapses entire marine ecosystems. Organic, plant-based agriculture positively impacts our oceans.
Meat consumption creates mass deforestation. About 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is caused by cattle ranching. Decreasing or eliminating our red meat intake helps reverse the effects of global warming.
- The proof is in the plant-based pudding. Eating less meat is better for the environment. Plain and simple. If you’ve gone to great lengths to switch common household products from planet no no’s to earth-friendlier ones, then maybe it’s time to consider taking the next step in your journey. Plant-based eating.
- Maybe you’re a healthy eater anyway or you don’t have time to think about how your daily choices affect the environment.
- Think about the animals!
Plant love is animal love
Would you stand up for the malnourished alley cat? Do stories of animal abuse and neglect tug on your heartstrings?
- Maybe those Sarah McLachlan animal cruelty videos are what opens up a well of feels...and your wallet.
Whatever the case, you should know we kill and eat more than 58 billion animals worldwide.Not including fish and seafood. And those animals suffer as much, if not more, than the dog that was beaten almost half to death or the cat that was kicked by steel toed boots.
- Eating animals isn’t just unsustainable. It’s cruel and unethical.
- We know that animals feel pain just like humans. And evidence suggests that they are emotional, intellectual, and value their lives. Just. like. us.
- Even animals raised on organic and free-range farms are often subjected to debeaking, castration, and dehorning – without painkillers. Just so we can consume something as insignificant and unnecessary as meat.
- If you don’t consider adopting a plant-based diet for any other reason we’ve talked about, do it for this one.
- We’re not here to tell you what to do or not do regarding your food. We love all you foodies out there! We’re simply encouraging you to consider eating less meat...for people and planet. And that includes all our animal friends too.
- Need some help making the decision about what plant-based eating lifestyle is right for you? Check out our inclusive Facebook group of plant-based, mission-minded foodies, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat! You’ll find people who share your concerns and food interests, resources on eating plant-based, and us! Team Prime Roots is here to help!
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