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The Amazing Benefits Of Going Meat Free One Day A Week

By Rebecca O'Malley November 1, 2019

Presented in partnership with Blooms The Chemist.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.

The average Australian consumes 95 kilograms of meat per year . If that’s not shocking enough, our average consumption of red meat is 24 per cent higher than the maximum recommended intake. Scary stuff, especially when you consider the health and environmental implications of meat consumption.

Choosing plant-based alternatives to meat can make all the difference… to your health, budget, carbon footprint and more.

You’ll seriously cut down your carbon footprint.

Australian meat consumption makes a considerable contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, land clearing, biodiversity loss and ocean pollution.

You’ll preserve precious natural resources.

Switching meat for animal-based foods can help protect our beautiful planet.

You’ll save money.

Let’s face it, meat is expensive. It’s a no brainer that reducing your meat intake will also reduce your grocery bill. Even better, shop locally and purchase seasonal fruit and veg season to cop the best bargains.

You’ll do wonders for your health and cholesterol levels. 

If you have a family history of high cholesterol, you’re at a higher risk of stroke or a heart attack, especially if you’re used to a diet rich in red meat. Avoiding meat one day a week is a simple way to increase vegetable intake. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans and good fats can help reduce your cholesterol levels, which will help keep you happy, healthy and smiling.

In fact, a 2010 study from Oxford University’s department of public health found that cutting your meat consumption down to three times per week could prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke.

If you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, or you’re worried about your levels of cholesterol, visit your local Blooms The Chemist and take an easy, three minute test.

Your Blooms The Chemist pharmacist will explain your result and if your levels are high, they will give you advice on the changes you can make to reduce your cholesterol levels.

Presented in partnership with Blooms The Chemist.