Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Benefits of a Diet Low in Animal Fat

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Benefits of a Diet Low in Animal Fat

There are some suggested benefits to a diet low in animal fat. Some people choose to eat a diet completely devoid of animal fat. But there are potential benefits in cutting back on animal fat without cutting it out altogether. Let’s look at some of the possible risks of a diet high in animal fat, and the benefits of consuming less of it.

1. Cholesterol

There’s been a lot of talk about cholesterol lately, and the possible effects of animal fat consumption on cholesterol levels. The general consensus is that saturated fat, which is mainly found in animal flesh or dairy products, is not a healthy form of fat. If you cut back on animal fat, it may help lower your cholesterol levels.

2. Heart health

Saturated animal fats have been associated with plaque build-up in the arteries. Thus, consuming less animal fat may well enhance your cardiovascular health.

3. More variety

If you cut back on animal fats in the form of fatty red meat, butter, full-fat cheese, whole milk, bacon, sausages, etc., then you will want to fill the void with something else. This opens up the possibility of new dishes and greater variety. Experts agree that a varied diet is, as a general rule, healthier than a monotonous one.

4. More room for good fats

As you seek new recipes and ways of cooking with less animal fat, you may find there’s room for the healthy fats. Maybe you could prepare a healthy, grain-based meal featuring flaxseed bread instead of ground meat burgers, or a nut-based loaf instead of ground meatloaf.

5. Better for the environment

The less animal fat people consume, the less reason there is to raise animals on feedlots and destroy forest land to make way for animal grazing. There are also concerns about the environmental risks of the methane produced by dairy and beef cattle. Eating more plant-based fats and a diet with less animal fat may therefore have a positive effect on the environment.

6. Weight loss

You may find yourself becoming leaner as you adopt a diet low in animal fat. As you fill up on fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead of meat, it’s likely that you will feel fuller longer.

7. Cancer

According to many experts, a diet high in animal fat increases your risk of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer. There are also concerns that the hormones fed to beef cattle may cause endocrine imbalances in the body, possibly setting the stage for cancers like breast cancer. Thus, a diet low in animal fat may decrease your risk of cancer.

 

One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;‘ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
Henry David Thoreau

Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food.
Genesis 1:29

Be not among the winebibbers nor the riotous eaters of animal flesh.
Proverbs 20:23

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
Robert Louis Stevenson

My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.
George Bernard Shaw

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other….
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.
Leo Tolstoy

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals…The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils…Those who use the most frugal fare are the strongest, the healthiest and the noblest…
“If any righteous man does not burden his soul by the eating of flesh, he has the advantage of a rational motive.

Clement of Alexandria, Saint. AD ?150-?215

The vegetarian movement ought to fill with gladness the souls of those who have at heart the realization of God’s kingdom upon earth, not because vegetarianism itself is such an important step towards the realization of this kingdom (all real steps are equally important or unimportant), but because it serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of man is genuine and sincere.
“[For] [i]f a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

Leo Tolstoy

 


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