Americans Eating Less Meat, Survey Finds

September 17, 2018

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Two thirds of Americans said that they have cut back the amount of meat they eat, in particular beef and processed meats, according to the results of a newly-published Johns Hopkins survey. In 2014 meat consumption had fallen to a 20-year low and that has grabbed health officials' attention. Red and processed meats contain a lot of saturated fat, which turns into an oily waxy substance that can line and block off blood vessels. This in turn raises the risks of diabetes and heart disease. One additional serving of unprocessed red meat a day raises the risks of death by any cause by 13%. But this data spanned America during the Great Recession and there is evidence the trend may be reversing itself. Of the two-thirds of survey respondents who said they had been cutting back their meat purchasing, many said they were doing so to save money. How with an economy that has returned, so have our love affair with meat. Analysts estimate that the average American will eat a new record of 222 lbs of meat over the course of this year, with the costs of beef, poultry and pork falling, it is likely the driver for increased consumption. However processed meats seems to have fallen largely out of favor. More than half of those Johns Hopkins surveyed said that they had cut food like hot dogs out of their diets while 41% said they'd scaled back their overall red meat intake. Still, in this first survey of its type, many Americans reported taking steps to cut back on meat by buying less, eating smaller portions of meat when they did indulge, and went meatless either on certain days or for certain meals.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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