Monday, September 9, 2013

Meatless Mondays!

Since it's Fruit & Vegetable Month I think it's only appropriate to talk about Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is EVERY Monday! Going meatless each Monday is easy! I know, I know... going meatless seems really difficult but trust me, it's super easy especially if you eat in our dining hall locations.

So why go meatless? Here are some health benefits: - limit your risk of cancer- studies have found that processed meats (ie: bacon, luncheon meats, etc.) may contribute to developing colon cancer.
- Reduce heart disease- lower your risk by replacing the saturated fat found in meat with healthier fat options such as vegetable oils,nuts and seeds.
- Fight-off the risk of diabetes- studies have found that high consumptions of red meat can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Live longer- as previously mentioned, high consumptions of red and processed meats increase your risk of chronic diseases.
- Improve your diet- let's face it--- fruits, veggies are great for your health!
Not convincing enough? Take a look at the enviornmental impacts of eating meatless ONE DAY each week:
- Reduce your carbon footprint- gas emission from the meat industry is far higher than their produce counterparts.
- Minimize water usage- the amount of water needed to feed our livestock is quite a lot; 1,800-2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef... yikes!
- Help reduce fossil fuel dependence- 40 calories of fossil fuel energy goes into every calorie to feed a lot of beef. Compare that to produce, which only requires 2.2 calories of fossil fuel.
Look for our meatless options in the dining hall each Monday! Going meatless is easy!
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