RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Studies have linked meat, especially red meat, to a higher risk of death from heart disease and cancer, and to other health problems. Current research also shows that consumption of meat takes a heavy toll on the environment, as well: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that nonvegetarian diets use 2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more energy, 13 times more fertilizer, and 1.4 times more pesticides than vegetarian diets do. Switching to an all-vegetarian diet is one way to avoid those consequences, but what if you really like hamburgers? Fortunately, you don't have to give up meat entirely to improve your own well-being and safeguard the health of the planet. Read on for five suggestions for being a healthier carnivore.
|#1: Chase healthier food. "Remember that what your meat eats matters," says family physician Daphne Miller, MD, who’s also an associate professor of nutrition and integrative medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World (Collins, 2008). She advises choosing meat that has been produced in a healthy, sustainable way, like free-range chicken and pork, and grass-fed beef. If the animals have eaten a diet that is nutrient-rich (as well as hormone-, antibiotic- and pesticide-free), they will pass these nutrients on to you. These choices are better for the environment, as well, than large factory-farm operations that are overcrowded with animals (and their waste).|
Published on: August 18, 2009
Updated on: May 20, 2011