Gobbling down meat is a piece of cake for Americans. The average consumption of meat per person in the US stands at 270 pounds, the highest in the world. A huge prospective study revealed in 2009 that eating large quantities of meat is correlated with an increased rate of cancer occurrence and cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, consuming meat is linked to a whopping 10% decrease in life expectancy.
If you’re someone who understands these perils of a meat filled diet but can’t brave a total vegetarian lifestyle, then rejoice, for the flexitarian diet is here for the rescue. A new study has found that flexitarian diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20%.
First, let’s get one thing straight: it’s not vegetarian; think of the flexitarian diet as one less meat filled meal in a day. There are no hard and fast rules for this diet (it’s flexible!), the idea is to eat healthy, with as less meat as you can manage to pull off. Chances are you already are a flexitarian.
So what can you do to get one step further in the hierarchy of flexitarians? Start by trying out the usual meat substitutes like tempeh, falafel and maybe use beans and lentils as a topping over your rice. Try to maximize your vegetable intake in general, and go for something fancy like chilled pea and chervil soup once in a while.