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Have a Meatless Monday!

Have a Meatless Monday!The Meatless Monday movement is a nonprofit public health initiate of the Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Eating Your Greens?

Less than one quarter of Americans eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables daily. On average, American eat eight ounces of meat a day, which is 45 percent more than the USDA recommends. 

So, How Does This Affect You?

By eating a large amount of red and processed meat, Americans put themselves at a risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even cancer.

The Monday Campaign's goal is that more Americans will choose to go meatless once a week to reduce their risk for such diseases.

Take Advantage of Meatless Mondays for Your Health

1. Prevent diabetes

Research suggests that a higher consumption of red and processed meat can increase the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

2. Reduce heart disease

Recent data from Harvard University suggests that cutting out meat, even for one day, can decrease the risk of heart disease by up to 19 percent.

3. Fight obesity

People who eat low-meat diets have significantly lower body weights. A recent study from Imperial College London also found that reducing overall meat consumption could prevent long-term weight gain.

4. Limit the risk of cancer

Hundreds of studies show that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer. Some studies have even associated meat to the number of colon cancer incidents as well.

5. Live longer

Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality. 

Making Delicious Meatless Meals

Eating to reduce the risk of chronic diseases does not mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods. There are lots of ways you can incorporate fruits and vegetables, along with beans, nuts, and seeds, to make well-balanced and delicious meals on meatless Mondays.

Try Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Alfredo, Two-Bean Chili, or even some Tuscan White Bean Soup to warm you up on those chilly winter nights.

To find more heart-warming meatless Monday meals, just visit the February Meatless Monday Cookbook or The Food Network.

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