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#1 Old 09-04-2012, 02:56 AM
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Where's the Beef? Putting a 'Less-Meat' Diet to the Test

Meat. For generations, it has been center stage on American dinner plates, but now, for many, its seems to be moving to the side of the plate.

Today, 30 percent of Americans are eating less meat, not necessarily going vegetarian or vegan, but choosing to eat less. Concerns over health, the so-called "pink slime" in burgers controversy, the impact on the environment and higher prices at the grocery store have led to meal-overhaul movements such as "Meatless Mondays" and a 12-percent drop in meat consumption over the last five years.

While finding new ways to change your diet can seem like a challenge, Mark Bittman, a New York Times food critic and an advocate for "less-meatarians," is out to prove that anyone can easily and affordably make tasty meals without having a chunk of meat take over the dinner plate.

"Combining vegetables with meat makes them much more interesting and this is historically how people ate," Bittman said. "Meat and fish were treasures. They were treats. They were things you couldn't count on. It's only in the past 50 years that you could count on putting meat on the table every night and every day."
Bittman said eating less meat has helped improve his health.

"I lost 35 pounds, my cholesterol levels went down below 200, which is where it's supposed to be, and blood sugar went down to where it's supposed to be," he said.
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#2 Old 09-04-2012, 04:14 PM
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Cool! The less meat people eat the better, thumbsup.gif

Even if people won't go fully vegetarian I'd always prefer they eat as little meat as possible, if a large amount of meat eaters cut back and some people went fully vegetarian or vegan it could make a huge difference for a lot of animals.

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