Our society, particularly our dieting society, has become obsessed with protein. Dr. Atkins and friends have managed to convince us that eating more and more meat is the way to go.
The Meatless Monday Campaign, which is a national health campaign aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, has begun. The problem with eating too much protein is that many of us do not understand that the body can't store excess protein. The thing is that if you consume more protein than you need, you'll just eliminate it through your urine and put an extra strain on your kidneys to metabolize it. Not to extra mention the amounts of saturated fat and carcinogens (in well done meats) that are consumed by eating a high meat diet. The goal of the campaign is to reduce consumption of saturated fat 15% by 2010, which translates to cutting out meat and high-fat dairy one day a week.
I'm all on board for this. It's not a totally dramatic change and it's not a push for us all to become herbivores either. Meatless Mondays here I come.
Looking for a recipe for your Meatless Monday? Try this Lentil Tomato Soup.