A Passionate Voice
Even at an early age, Cheryl Day was a passionate and practical advocate for agriculture. Check out her viewpoint on current agricultural topics.
Sep 26, 2011
Meatless Monday is a campaign developed by ad man, Sid Lerner, as a public health awareness campaign. Lerner CLAIMS not eating Meat on Monday will Limit Cancer Risk, Reduce Heart Disease, Fight Diabetes, Curb Obesity, Live Longer, Improve Your Diet, AND Save the Environment by Reducing your Carbon Footprint, Minimize Water Usage, and Help Reduce Fossil Fuel.
Really? Hmmm? So if I just sleep through Monday then I can solve the World’s problem. Honestly, I would have to sleep through Monday NOT to eat MEAT. A day without Animal Protein leaves this individual drained, unfocused, and fighting to stay awake-A great way to fight off the Monday Blues. Every day but especially Mondays, I need to be energized.
If the claim to improve your health draws you into the Meatless Monday Campaign then consider this:
Proteins are not Created Equally
Animal Proteins-lean meats, eggs, and lowfat dairy products-are complete package of essential amino acids needed to stimulate muscle growth. Research has shown that moderately increasing protein intake can be an effective way to manage weight. Choosing lean meat as a nutrient-rich source of protein can be a calorie-saver.
The Caloric Cost of Plant Protein
· A 3-ounce serving of lean beef offers the most protein with the fewest calories when compared to plant proteins such as peanut butter, black beans and tofu.
· A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is about 180 calories. You would have to eat 670 calories of peanut butter (more than 7 tablespoons) to get the same amount of protein.
· A person would need to consume two to three times the calories provided in a 3-ounce serving of beef to get an equivalent amount of protein from a veggie burger.
The biggest myth about Red Meat is its fat profile. Half the fat in beef is monounsaturated-the same type of heart healthy fat found in salmon and olive oil. In addition 1/3 of the saturated fat of beef is stearic acid. Researchers have shown that stearic acid has neutral or cholesterol lowering effect.
Honestly, anything a humans do impacts the environment in some way. I as farmer have deep respect for the land, water, and air. Natural resources are the building blocks in creating a healthy and sustainable environment for my livestock.
Livestock and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
), the entire U.S. agricultural sector accounts for only 6.4 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock production as a whole only accounts for 2.8% of the agriculture sector.
Livestock and Water Usage
According to an article in
the Journal of Animal Science
, total livestock production accounts for just more than 11 percent of all U.S. water use. This includes the water to grow feed for livestock and direct water consumption by livestock.
Livestock and Fossil Fuels
Anti-Meat campaigns are quick to throw out statistics that producing meat products is a waste of Fossil Fuels. Actually, it is hard to find a comparable figure for vegetables, grains, and fruits produced for human consumption.
A 1997 University of Exeter study
found typical salad vegetables require 45 megajoules (MJ) of fossil fuel energy to produce one MJ of food energy, fish require 36 MJ and fresh fruit requires 10-22 MJ. For meat proteins, beef requires 8 MJ, chicken 7 MJ and lamb 6 MJ.
I too am concern with a healthy diet and strive for balance. My biggest fault is portion control and being more conscious about the food I eat in a given day. So in order to add ZIP (Zinc, Iron, Protein) in your diet, I am sharing great recipes for every household.
- 1 pound beef round tip steaks, cut 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced (1/2-inch)
- 1 package (3/4 ounce) brown gravy mix
- 4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles (about 5 ounces), cooked
- 1/4 cup dairy sour cream
- Stack beef steaks; cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1-inch wide strips. Toss with garlic.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 minute or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. Repeat with remaining beef. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Add gravy mix and 1 cup cold water; blend well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in beef; heat through. Serve over noodles. Pass sour cream.
Nutrition information per serving: 383 calories; 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 109 mg cholesterol; 42 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 31 g protein; 6.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 1.4 mcg vitamin B12; 3.7 mg iron; 48.7 mcg selenium; 4.7 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
Visit the Beef, It's What for Dinner Website for Complete details on this and other lean Beef Recipes.