Where Did the Term Meatless Monday Derive From?
Meatless Monday was launched in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The first non- U.S city to go meatless on Mondays was in Ghent, Belgium in 2009. Following that Sir Paul McCartney brought the idea to the UK. Since then, about 36 countries have adapted the Meatless Monday concept and it has now become a growing trend around the world. The reason behind it’s success is because most countries incorporate food items that can be easily substituted with healthy choices to address the concerns of those who may have high cholesterol as a result of increased meat intake.
Why Consider Meatless Mondays?
Removing meat just 1 day a week does wonders for your body. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that ‘eating red meat has been linked to increased mortality risk’. It can cost you at least 2 years of your life. 2 years!!! I think that there is something to this meatless Monday thing and it certainly is worth a try. Eat less meat and try vegetarian or vegan options, you may just add 2 years to your life. I think that’s a plus!!
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Contributor Saran Johnson