Why I ate less meat this week: Low sodium foods
I’ve always been an advocate for low-sodium, raw, lean, slow-cooking foods.
And I still am.
But I’m more concerned about the health effects of fast food and processed foods.
I’ve noticed a lot of people who have been trying to get off of processed food in the past, are now eating a lot less meat and seafood.
It’s the best thing that could possibly happen.
In the United States, the average American eats nearly twice as much meat, seafood, poultry and dairy as the average person in other industrialized countries, according to a study by the University of Minnesota’s Kellogg Center for Nutrition Research.
In fact, meat consumption in the United Kingdom, France and Germany is the same or higher than the United State.
And according to one recent study, eating more fish and seafood is associated with lower blood pressure, higher levels of HDL cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
I understand why these things are appealing.
I also understand why many people who are trying to lose weight are getting the wrong advice.
Fast food isn’t just unhealthy, it’s bad for the environment, too.
In 2015, the Environmental Working Group reported that more than a third of the seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from the ocean, and less than 1 percent of the salmon caught in the Atlantic Ocean comes from U.N. waters.
In addition, a 2016 report from the World Bank found that the U,S.
is responsible for about 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from fishing.
It is also bad for our health.
The National Institutes of Health says that fish consumption has been linked to a number of health problems including increased risk of cancer, increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and obesity, among others.
In a 2015 study, researchers found that a daily fish consumption of up to five ounces resulted in an estimated 24 percent higher risk of having a heart attack.
But the health benefits of eating fish are often overlooked, said Dr. Jennifer Whelan, a professor of nutrition and food science at the University at Albany.
She said people often don’t realize that the amount of fish in their diet may affect the health of their kidneys, which can become damaged by pollution and lead to kidney disease.
It may not be good for the fish in your diet, she said, but it may be good in the fish industry.
She explained that a lot is being lost in the conversation about eating less meat.
She pointed to the recent trend to cut back on meat, which is a great thing.
We’ve already cut back significantly in terms of meat, and it’s not going to come back to that,” she said.
But people are getting more frustrated with the lack of action on this issue, said Whelas Center for the Study of Food and the Environment.
The food and beverage industry has long promoted the benefits of raw food, and a lot more people now have access to that than ever before, said MaryAnn Glendon, president of the Food and Drug Administration.
But some say it’s a missed opportunity. “
We’re also seeing that consumers are really embracing the value of raw foods, and that’s great,” she added.
But some say it’s a missed opportunity.
Whelans Center for Food and Environmental Health released a report in 2015 that concluded that the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change report, which was released last year, was based on faulty science and didn’t take into account the environmental impacts of a plant-based diet.
The report recommended that countries shift toward plant- based diets instead of animal-based ones.
However, Whelanes Center found that about half of the world’s population is on a plant based diet.
Withers said that there is no question that eating less red meat, dairy and poultry is healthier than eating more meat and processed food.
“But you have to take into consideration what’s in the food,” she continued.
“There’s a lot going on there.
And there’s a lack of scientific data that’s going to tell us exactly how much [that] food is contributing to that disease.”
Whelansky said that she wants to see more studies done on the health impacts of eating a plant diet.
That way, she hopes to change the perception that the American diet is one that is unhealthy and out of balance, she added, adding that the food industry is just trying to help them sell more food.
It will take time, she acknowledged.
But, she told ABC News, there are so many other health benefits to eating a raw, slow cooker meal.
“I think a lot can be done with a slow cooker,” she noted.
“And it’s just a wonderful thing to have.
I love it.”