Monday, April 30, 2012

Food Matters


I'm on a bit of a health kick with my reading these days. I have two books to review for you this week and next and they're both related to living and eating well. Lucky you!

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman is all about reducing our country's dependence on meat. Apparently, our need for meat-based protein sources has skyrocketed in the last 30 years and far surpasses any other country in the world. He claims some (healthier) countries eat only 3 oz. of meat a day. That's not even a true servings worth here! Bittman says that if we find other sources for protein we can lessen our impact on the enivronment as well. Fewer animals produced solely for the factory farming industry, less gas used transporting said food and animals all add up to a happier you and a happier planet. He also gives a plethora of recipes following these strategies.

While I found a lot of his facts interesting (and shocking), I'm not ready to give up meat yet. I only eat red meat about once a week (if that) and really, I only eat a full 4 oz. serving of meat-based protein at dinner. The few chunks of chicken in my daily soup lunch probably don't constitute a serving. So, that made me feel pretty good about my dependence on meat. I'm actively pursuing protein in other ways as well, but that was happening prior to reading this book. I thought Food Matters was enlightening but like I said, not quite ready to go Vegan just yet.

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