If you eat meat regularly, consider going vegetarian once a week or more. The benefits of a reduced meat diet are numerous, and there are so many delicious vegetarian recipes out there that you won’t feel like you’re missing out at all.
Here are five great reasons to convince you to pass on the beef a little more often:
1. Shrink your cancer risk. In a study by the British Journal of Cancer, those who ate the most red meat and processed meat had the highest risk of cancer.
2. Prevent weight gain. A study by Imperial College London found that those who ate about a half pound of red meat, poultry or processed meat daily gained more weight over five years than those who ate less meat, even if they ate the same number of calories.
3. Do it for the animals. You don’t have to be in PETA to have a soft spot for animals. The 9.1 billion animals that are raised for food each year typically live pretty grim lives. If every American cut out meat just once a week, it could spare the lives of 1.4 billion animals.
4. Save money. This one goes out to all of you broke college kids out there. Skipping meat and getting your protein from eggs, beans or tofu instead saves a ton of cash. These products cost less than $2 a pound, whereas most meats will cost at least double that amount.
5. These burgers. Click here to read 10 mouth watering veggie burger recipes that will never leave you asking, “Where’s the beef?”