A recent study of 442,101 participants from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating red meat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They also found that eating processed red meat, like hot dogs and sausages increases that risk even more. How do you lower the risk? The researchers suggest finding alternate sources of protein like nuts, eggs, beans and chicken. They suggest replacing one serving per day. Read the New York Times article.
If you are interested in cutting down on red meat consumption why not commit to one meat-free day per week. Join the Meatless Mondays movement.
Other reasons to reduce your intake of red meat include:
- Eating red meat and processed meat is linked to increase risk of colon cancer.
- Red meat contains high levels of saturated fats. Saturated fats are associated with increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Processed meats contain lots of added salt, and even added sugars.
- There is a big environmental cost to eating meat.
- Meat is expensive, there are many easy to make vegetarian recipes that are low cost and high taste.