Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat


If you’re like me, and you’ve watched more food documentaries than you can count, and you know about some of the health benefits of switching to a meat-free diet, but for some reason you just aren’t quite ready to make the leap, these facts may just give you that extra push. Cutting meat out of your diet can aid in weight loss, provide a boost in energy, reduce your risk of heart disease, and more. You’ll want to check out these amazing benefits if you’re considering going plant-based:


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Meat, cheese and highly processed foods can cause a spike of inflammation in your body within hours of consumption. As a response to animal fat, our arteries are paralyzed and their ability to open is cut in half, and our lungs also become inflamed. This inflammation is an immune response to a perceived threat. Long term effects of continuous inflammation can lead to heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. Plant-based diets are anti-inflammatory in a natural way, because they are abundant in plant fiber and antioxidants, and significantly lower in inflammatory triggers such as saturated fat and endotoxins — toxins released from bacteria commonly found in animal products.


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Red meat, poultry, cheese and other animal products contain saturated fat, which is a key factor in elevating blood cholesterol levels. Elevated blood cholesterol levels dramatically increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, which have been named among the top killers in the U.S. Vegetarians have been shown to have a lower risk of dying of heart disease, and studies have shown that when people turn to plant-based diets, their blood cholesterol levels drop by 35%. Plant-based diets are also rich in fiber, which reduces blood cholesterol levels, and cutting out meat can have a positive effect on those who need cholesterol-lowering drugs.


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Research shows that following a vegetarian diet can help prevent and manage diabetes. Several studies have found that a higher intake of animal protein is associated with a long-term risk of developing diabetes. Animal fat, animal-based (heme) iron and nitrate preservatives in meat have been found to damage pancreatic cells, worsen inflammation, cause weight gain, and even impair our insulin functions — all which can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes.


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

The obesity rate in the general public is extremely high, but it is found to be much lower in vegetarians. According to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, caloric intake in meat-eaters and vegetarians was similar, but meat-eaters had a much higher rate of obesity. Meat-eaters also had the lowest intake of plant proteins, beta carotene, fiber, magnesium, and the highest intake of heart disease-linked fatty acids. A vegetarian diet low in fat and rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains may lead to healthy weight loss.


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Animal products are loaded with contaminants such as hormones, herbicides,pesticides and antibiotics, all of which can cause health problems. A high percentage of all the flesh from chickens, turkeys, cows, fish and pigs butchered every year in the U.S. is contaminated with E. Coli, listeria, campylobacter and other dangerous bacteria. Consuming contaminated meat can cause food poisoning, with symptoms ranging from stomach cramps to organ failure and even death. The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 of them die of food-borne diseases.  Staying away from meat could help save you from dangerous foodborne viruses, bacteria and parasites, providing that you consume fresh, organic produce.


Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

There are many ways that switching to a plant-based diet can have a positive impacton the environment. Raising animals for food currently uses an astounding 30% of the Earth’s land mass. In the U.S., 70% of the grain grown is fed to farmed animals – food that could be given to people. Nearly 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture, and to produce one pound of animal protein versus one pound of soy protein, it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel, and 15 times as much water! Switching to a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs saves 50% more carbon emissions than driving a Prius. By going vegetarian, you can reduce the impact of climate change and rain forest destruction and pollution, while saving water and other natural resources.

Becoming a vegetarian has many health benefits that may just be worth giving up your typical Thanksgiving turkey, Fourth of July burgers and hot dogs, and Christmas ham. If you’re still deciding whether or not to make the switch, try cutting out meat for a week or two, and see if you feel any different. If you’re fighting meat cravings, there are some amazing vegetarian and vegan recipes out there that you can try!




14 thoughts on “Six Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

  1. Animals will reincarnate into hunting zones so specific people can kill and eat them. Venison has no fat in it, I add the fat. Same with fowl. Vegans do love to high road their eating choices and I do understand some of their choices. But ask a cat owning vegan if they are feeding their cats plant based protien diets, and if yes, then they will probably say how the cat died young. I am typing this on my phone while picking and eating fresh strawberries in my garden after my late egg, venison, broccoli and kale breakfast omelette.

  2. Going vegetarian is not enough. The dairy industry is as cruel and contaminated as the meat industry. Veganism is the only solution for humanity, animals and mother earth!

  3. Thanks for the article and for putting helpful knowledge out there to uplift mankind, heaven knows we all need it. I know that if I hadn’t cut meat out of my diet over 10 years ago I would be struggling with numerous health issues right now. Being an A blood type I should never have eaten red meat and on reading Dr Peter d’Amo’s book on blood type diets and following the foods that suited the A blood type sorted out what the doctors had said was an ulcer. I also felt hugely better, not bloated and dull. Also excess weight just stopped being an issue for me. I gradually gave up chicken, fish and shell-fish and feel hugely better for it.
    I believe that parents that encourage their children to eat a meat-free diet are contributing hugely to the well-being of our planet and of man-kind. The future could look bright as a result.

    • I believe that parents that encourage their children TO LISTEN TO THEIR BODIES SIGNALS are contributing hugely to the well-being of our planet and of man-kind. The future could look bright as a result.

      sorry, couldn’t help myself. Listening to your body is whithout stigma. Why make “meat-free” the high road from upon which you can look down on the lower meat road, when it’s in fact not at all such a black or white matter. I didn’t eat meat for almost 12 years, and felt really bad emotionally for starting eating meat again, all because I made it the higher ground for myself, and eventually others, and when I caught myself on that, started reflecting. I felt guilty over the animal lives I was now eating. I have grown from there to look at the meat I eat, and realise it comes from an animal that had a life, it had experiences, feelings, of which I can only hope most were positive for him/her, and the only thing that is in my power about all of that is what meats I choose to buy, and how my attitude towards that food is. Start with realising everything is life, and in all life there is balance. One that flows and sways, ever-changing yet never-ending. The cosmic dance of Shiva that resides in all. If you remain in that balance, nature will not suffer because of it.

  4. As a person who has been a vegetarian for almost 12 years, I have to say going veggie is not per se good for you. You have people that need high carbohydrate diets, and people who need high protein diets, and a smaller group that sways between both. I’m a protein person, and going veggie was not good for me, and I substituted meat with veggie protein sources and eggs. Problem with protein people is they need those full chain proteins, since otherwise those protein rich subs are used by the body like it uses carbs. That’s because the carbs in protein diets already should be high protein carbs, like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, instead of potatoes or rice, for instance. Full chains are not easy to find in veggie form, chia is one i know is good. Eggs are good, and I ate lots of em, but it was still not sufficient. I try to eat mainly organic meats from small animals (chicken, turkey, lamb, rabbit) now and don’t overdo on meats in my diet. I also use ALL of it. That means eating the meat, and making bone broth afterwards. The energy and health benefits I get from that, could in no way be given by just plant sources, not even substituted with eggs. And if you use all the meat and bones without overdoing, and keep an overall wholesome diet, you’re doing a lot for the planet already. And we are part of the planet, so part of keeping the planet healthy is keeping ourselves healthy. So if you are a protein person, craving eggs sooner than chips, you might want to think twice about throwing out the meat…

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