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Meatless Mondays Can Help Fight Diabetes


Cutting Meat Consumption Can Improve Health

Have you heard of “Meatless Monday?”

A new survey shows that Meatless Monday, a campaign that encourages people to eliminate meat consumption on the first day of the week, is growing in popularity… and effectiveness.

The survey tracked more than 1,000 adults over the age of 18 and was conducted by FGI Research, a provider of customer market research, panels, surveys and data collection.

More than one-third of people aware of the campaign say that Meatless Mondays influenced them to either reduce or consider reducing eating meat. Processed and unprocessed meat contain large amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, which contributes to obesity, an important risk factor in the development of diabetes. Consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a condition that’s strongly associated with diabetes.

Of the aware group, 62% say they’ve tried to incorporate Meatless Mondays into their weekly routine, with 73% eating more vegetables, 65% eating more fruits, 42% eating more beans and 47% consuming more whole grains.

Almost 60% of all respondents have cut back on meat in the past year, mostly for health reasons.

Awareness of Meatless Monday increased to 43% this year, compared to just 26% in 2010. FGI’s report on the survey found that one-day-a-week campaigns can influence people to change their health behaviors. The campaign may work because it highlights a weekly cycle of planning, which appeals to many people.

Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 by The Monday Campaigns in partnership with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A previous study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health noted that replacing one serving of red meat with either fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy or whole grains was linked to a 7%-19% lower risk of dying.

If you have prediabetes (or even if you don’t!), cutting back on eating meat, especially fatty or processed meats, can improve your health. Not sure if you are at risk for diabetes? Take this quick 9-question survey and learn if you are at risk. It might just save your life!


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