Letter to the Editor: New Year’s Resolution
Once again, it's time for New Year's resolutions, particularly those to
improve our diet and exercise routine.
Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of
death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork. Well over a million of us are killed each year by
high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other
chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.
But times are changing. According to Gallup, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products. Supermarket chains offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meats and dairy products. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8 percent in the past decade.
Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have
embraced Meatless Monday and vegan meals. Fast-food chains are rolling out vegan options.
Let's make this New Year’s resolution about exploring the rich variety
of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams, and milks, as
well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies. The internet
offers tons of recipes and transition tips.