People are starting to heed the warnings of the World Health Organization (WHO) linking regular meat consumption with cancer, particularly with the consumption of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausages.
As of the latest report from the WHO, the British have started to shun away from consuming meat in their diets and have increased the amounts of vegetables and fruits.
The Times reported that a recent British Social Attitudes survey revealed that 29 percent of people who took the surveys have significantly reduced their consumption of meat following the WHO research findings of people with the highest risk of developing cancer are those who regularly consume red meats and processed foods
Three percent of the survey takers have resorted to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle after getting hold of the WHO report.
Awareness of the risks involved in meat consumption has finally started to gain good ground as people are now leaning towards alternative and healthy living, which includes their food eating habits.
Nutritionists and dietitians advise that there are ways to gradually shift adapt to a more healthier lifestyle by cutting down on meat consumption by only reducing the amount and frequency instead of totally eradicating it from their diets.
Here are some helpful tips on how to develop healthy eating habits;
Cut down on the volume of meat being prepared for meals, the ideal amount per serving is 100 grams for red meat. Try to eat meat only once every 3 days and substitute it with plant-based proteins.
Integrate vegetables into your diets, make it a point that it should comprise three times the amount of meat you will be consuming during the meal.Make sure you always adhere to a standard balance of proteins, carbohydrates and grains.
Do not hurry when eating, make eating more leisurely and masticate food longer. Studies have shown that the amount of time when a person starts eating until he feels full is 15 minutes on average, regardless of the amount of food consumed, so trick the brain into thinking that with the food staying longer in the mouth the brain begins to signal the body to start feeling full.
With the health risks involved, it is not a wonder to see why there is a declining meat consumption trend and people are starting to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
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