Hewitt has joined the likes of Mario Batali, and entered the world of Meatless Mondays! Every Monday, expect veggie options at the Home Station. There are even talks of not offering meat-burgers or pepperoni on the pizzas. Why make a commitment to Meatless Mondays?
Here’s what the Monday Campaign says:
FOR YOUR HEALTH:
REDUCE HEART DISEASE
- Beans, peas, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low, and cut risk of cardiovascular disease.
LIMIT CANCER RISK
- Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer risk. Red meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.
- Research suggests that plant-based diets– particularly those low in processed meat – can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber (absent in animal products). This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating.
- Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
IMPROVE YOUR DIET
- Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
FOR OUR PLANET
REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
- The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.
MINIMIZE WATER USAGE
- The water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
REDUCE FUEL DEPENDENCE
- On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel for plant-based protein).