Health Minute: Eating Healthier Could Save The Planet

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WASHINGTON – How much of an impact does your day-to-day life have on the planet and climate change? According to a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change, humans affect about 70-percent of the ice-free land on earth.

So what can you do? Altering your diet is a good place to start.

The panel previously concluded that making some changes to what we eat Could account for 20-percent of the effort needed to keep global temperatures from rising two degrees Celsius.

One big change that’s needed, switching to a more plant-based diet and limiting red meat consumption.

That’s because all the factors that go into raising livestock, fertilizer, feed, land, and not to mention the methane that comes from the cows themselves affect the environment.

Switching out red meat for more sustainable plant based proteins like legumes, beans, and lentils also have big benefits for you.

A study published in the Journal JAMA Internal Medicine last month, found plant-based diets help lower the risks type 2 diabetes; which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.

Don’t fret if you aren’t ready to give up meat just yet. Maybe incorporate meatless Mondays for your family or switch out a burger for fish. These small tweaks can help you and mother nature.


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