Why is it important to eat less meat? – Can Zol

During these days of economic instability due to the basic products prices increase. As well as our health deterioration, understood as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing (highly damaged by the global scenario). We believe that it is important to make a change in our daily diet, that’s why CAN ZOL would like to help to raise awareness to generate this change that will allow us to enjoy a better quality of life.

Consumers are now eating more and more meat. We would like to explain some of the reasons why reducing its consumption may help to improve our health, animals themselves and the sustainability of our environment.

The first reason to consider reducing -or eliminating- the consumption of meat in our diet is precisely our own health and the health of those we have near. Many of the current pathologies, such as cancer, are related to the excessive consumption of meat, especially processed meat, due to its high content of chemical additives. If we combine an excessive consumption of meat with a lack of exercise, the result is overweight and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, we have the matter of antibiotics that have previously been injected into animals and that reach us through food consumption.

It is not necessary to eliminate it completely, but it is advisable not to eat more than 500g of white meat per week and no more than 250g of red meat. It is preferable to replace its consumption with foods that have a high and varied amount of nutrients. There are almost 70% of protein foods that we can be included in a diet that are not meat. Therefore, we must favour the consumption of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fish. The latter, on the other hand, does not have complete proteins because they lack amino acids. The way to solve this problem is to combine, on the same day, cereals, nuts or seeds. Some of these also have antioxidant, detoxifying, probiotic and medicinal properties. Local and seasonal products such as oranges, kiwis, broccoli, almonds or our famous olive oil. The importance lies in including as many of them as possible in our diet in a balanced way.

Another reason, no less important, is the sustainability of our environment. A decrease in meat consumption will result in great advantages to alleviate the harmful effects of this industry. The reduction of carbon dioxide and methane emissions, avoiding deforestation caused by the need for pasture surfaces, less contamination of soil and water by fertilizers and pesticides and the reduction of water consumption, among other advantages.

To produce a kilogram of red meat producers need more than 10,000 litres of water, while for 1 kg of lentils, we only need 50 litres. In addition, producing pork pollutes 5 times less than beef, and poultry up to 8 times less.

We should also take in account the origin of the meat. Extensive farming and, even more so, organic farming, are more sustainable, healthy, leave a smaller environmental footprint and take care of animal welfare.

Finally, we should think about the next generations. How are we going to let them develop on a planet with increasingly scarce and polluted resources? Let’s use logic, avoid energy costs in transporting feed and animals from one part of the world to another, with the environmental problems they generate and bet on reasonable consumption in which we do not mortgage the health of those who will come later.

CAN ZOL provides you a healthy alternative to get a more balanced and varied diet with proteins, minerals and vitamins that organic vegetables provide closely.

The fragility of our current production system has recently been portrayed by the dependence on raw materials or energy resources imported from other countries. That is why it is necessary to promote from public institutions and consumers themselves, a local economy and a less dependency on external factors, supporting local producers.

Remember that having a healthy, balanced, varied, sustainable diet with close and seasonal products may be one of the best gifts you can give to yourself that will provide you a stronger immune system and will help you to overcome better these challenging difficult days.


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(07849) Santa Eulalia del Río
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